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Camden, New Jersey Direct Instruction project

Brent, G.; DiObilda, N.
This report discusses two studies conducted at Camden, New Jersey elementary schools. The first study investigated the effectiveness of the DISTAR Language program with kindergarten students at three elementary schools. Each teacher taught two classes; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. DISTAR Language was randomly assigned to either the morning or afternoon class at each school. Students were administered a battery of tests for pre- and posttest measures. The second study compared the effectiveness of Reading Mastery (RM) with a traditional basal program on the reading achievement of second grade students at two elementary schools. Twenty five students were randomly assigned to each classroom. The Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills was administered to all students at the end of the second grade. In the first study, results from the Cognitive Abilities Test indicate no significant differences between the experimental and control groups. However, results from the Test of Language Development indicate that students in the control group recorded significantly higher composite scores. In the second study, results from the vocabulary subtest of the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills indicate a significantly higher score for students in the RM group. Additionally, students in the RM group scored at or above the national average on each measurement, while students in the control group scored below the national average. (Copyright © 2011, National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI). All rights reserved).
Research areas:
Main publication type:
Program Effectiveness
Project Follow Through; DISTAR Language; Reading Mastery; reading readiness; vocabulary; sentence comprehension; passage comprehension
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Design type:
Pretest posttest control group design with random assignment
Fidelity monitored:
Students included:
Kindergarten students, elementary students, African American students, Hispanic students
Camden, New Jersey, urban area, elementary school

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