La Costa Canyon High School, Carlsbad California
Reading Upgrade Pilot Study Results
by Teacher Sarah McNary10 students participated (selected from the lower quartile, freshmen, 9 Hispanic, 1 Caucasian)
2 students were added (one senior and one junior by student request, both Hispanic)
6 students finished all 50 lessons and were post-tested
1 student completed all 50 lessons but was not tested

Testing was administered one on one using the Woodcock Johnson-R (Reading Subtests)
Growth is listed as years/months:

Student

Letter-Word ID

Passage Comp

Word Attack

Reading Vocab

1

1.3

3.2

4.9

2.9

2

3

2.4

8.4

4

3

6.1

5.1

5

3

4

3.1

2.6

2

.5

5

8

1.4

9.1

1.8

6

2

2.6

.6

.9

Average Growth

3.9 years

2.8 years

5 years

2.2 years

Discussion:

All participating students reported liking the program; finding it helpful and enjoyable.  Students were pleased with their growth overall and the older students particularly found it a positive experience although their growth was less than the freshmen (this may be due to specific learning disabilities).

The program was easy to administrate although the students who were not specifically enrolled in Plato had to miss English classes in order to participate.  This contributed to sporadic attendance and 5 students were unable to complete the program in the time allotted.

Specific student comments from the final anecdotal evaluation included:

“It was fun and interesting”

“It helped”

“Yea, I grew 5 years!”

In response to “Is it fun? Interesting? Helpful?” student wrote, “It’s all three.”

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