Utilization of an ILS to increase reading comprehension
Eileen Marie Gallagher, Northern Illinois University, United States
Northern Illinois University . Awarded
Integrated Learning Systems (ILS) have been advertised as the means to raise standardized test scores in reading and math. One such system, Computer Curriculum Corporation (CCC) Successmaker, was piloted in an inner city school in an urban school system. The purpose of the piloting project was to decide whether or not the school should purchase the program.
A six-week study was done with students in grades 4, 5, 6, and 7. Students in each classroom were randomly assigned to either the experimental group or the control group. All students were pretested using the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), a standardized, nationally normed test. The experimental group worked with the CCC Successmaker program for 40 minutes every school day for 6 weeks. At the end of the 6 weeks, all students were given an equivalent form of the ITBS. The differences between the students' pretest and posttest raw scores were designated the learning gains.
An analysis of the overall learning gains showed a significant difference with the experimental group scoring higher than the control group. These results were significant at the.05 level. Additional analysis of the raw scores showed a definite trend to improvement at all grade levels for the experimental group.
The results of this test period, as well as comments received from participating teachers and students, brought the school administration to the decision to purchase the CCC Successmaker program for the entire school.
Gallagher, E.M. Utilization of an ILS to increase reading comprehension. Ph.D. thesis, Northern Illinois University.
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