We kicked off our 10th anniversary by taking a closer look at our programming, assessing our success at achieving our goals for the children participating in SitStayRead: increasing fluency, comprehension, the ability to write in a way that conveys meaning, and overall interest in reading. We partnered with the Department of School Psychology at Loyola University Chicago to create an evaluation tool that measured student achievement in each of those areas. The evaluation also included components of the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) and a survey measuring attitude towards reading and learning. The process consisted of two phases of data collection from both test and control classrooms, followed by data analysis and completion of a report by the Loyola team. The findings:
• Students in SitStayRead developed fluency at a rate 47.8% greater than their non-participating peers
• And "nearly 100% of participating ... students raved about the program”!
• But there’s still a lot of work to be done to get these children engaged in reading