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Metis Evaluation Featured in National Striving Readers Report

Metis’s evaluation of the Chicago Public Schools Striving Readers Program (2006–11) was included in a new volume published in January 2013 by Abt Associates, summarizing the evaluations of the first 16 initiatives of this ambitious national literacy program.

Abt Associates notes that all 16 of the evaluations, completed by “local evaluators”—as required by the Striving Readers federal grant program—met the rigorous standards established by the What Works Clearinghouse, an important source for scientific evidence of successful education practices. Metis has served a number of times as a local evaluator for national evaluations undertaken by Abt.

Striving Readers targets struggling middle school readers with interventions directed at entire classes and at sub-groups within each class. In Chicago, the program was adopted by 31 public schools located in economically disadvantaged areas, where many students face significant achievement gaps. The program places students in one of three tiers, based on their reading ability, and all of the students receive the intervention—which includes instruction in comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and word identification—woven into their language arts, social studies, science, and math classes. Students who require more help receive more targeted interventions within their language arts and subject-area classes, and some receive additional after-school instruction.

Metis found that those schools that implemented Striving Readers with high fidelity had a great deal of success, including significant improvements in reading achievement. The most important ingredients for the optimal execution of the program were principals and teachers who were willing and highly motivated to implement it effectively.

“There is a great deal of interest in the Striving Readers data, nationwide, because of the initiative’s aim to build a rigorous research base for identifying replicable strategies that improve adolescent literacy skills,” according to Stan Schneider, Metis president. “And, there is a lot to learn from them. We’re glad to be a part of that national conversation.”

The Abt Associates report is available by clicking here.

news archive - 2013

December 19, 2013
Kathleen Agaton Receives 2013 Making a Meaningful Difference Award

December 13, 2013
Metis and Eskolta Hold Forum on Measuring Success of Transfer Schools

October 22, 2013
Metis Paints School Mural on New York Cares Day

October 15, 2013
Metis to Present Results of Arts Education Studies at 2013 AEA Conference

October 15, 2013
Jing Zhu to Present Results of Drop-Out-Prevention Program at 2013 AEA Conference

August 22, 2013
The Magnet Compass Features an Interview with Metis’s Claire Aulicino

August 8, 2013
Fairfield County Community Foundation Puts Metis Research Results into Action

July 8, 2013
Metis Congratulates the Winners of New York State 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grants

June 21, 2013
Metis Begins Evaluation of Girl Scout Leadership Institute

May 9, 2013
Metis to Evaluate the PEP Foundation College Readiness Program

May 7, 2013
Metis Begins Audit of Baltimore County Magnet Schools

April 24, 2013
Metis to Evaluate New York City Race to the Top Initiative

April 4, 2013
Metis Staff to Present at AERA Conference April 30, 2013

April 4, 2013
Metis to Evaluate Boys & Girls Clubs of America Summer Program

March 5, 2013
Metis Evaluation Featured in National Striving Readers Report

February 28, 2013
Promise Neighborhoods Planning Grant Goes to Camden, New Jersey

January 10, 2013
Metis Begins an Evaluation Project with Palm Beach County Children’s Services

January 5, 2013
Ada Chau Receives Making a Meaningful Difference Award

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