The University of Iowa

Iowa Reading Research Center Reports

A stack of reports

Findings and results from our research and evaluation studies are detailed in reports available in PDF format.

 

Evaluation of the Sioux City Community School District’s Implementation of Small-Group, Skills-Based Literacy Instruction

Students’ literacy performance from the 2016–2017 and 2017–2018 school years is compared as Small-Group, Skills-Based Literacy Instruction is implemented by the Sioux City School District.

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Evaluation of the Council Bluffs Community School District’s 2019 Summer Program

The summer reading program demonstrated positive effects on Grades 1–5 students’ pre- to posttest growth in reading skills and when comparing students who did participate to those who were eligible but did not participate. Because instruction during the academic year contributes more to students’ growth, it is recommended to use summer as a time to explore literacy curriculum and instruction in depth and use results to guide instructional decisions for the academic year.

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Early Literacy Survey of Iowa Elementary Schools: Statewide Results

The November 2018 survey of Iowa elementary schools found that:

  • The majority (65%) of schools responding to the survey indicated they are offering more than 90 minutes of daily core literacy instruction, and 46% to 53% reported offering more than 30 minutes of intervention each day. 
  • Approximately 64% of respondents indicated there is a high degree of consistency in the literacy instruction delivered by teachers across their buildings.
  • Most commonly, respondents reported teachers meet with their colleagues weekly (37%) or monthly (25%) to discuss students’ literacy data, and participate in 4-5 days (27%) or 2-3 days (24%) of literacy professional development.
  • Approximately 65% of schools reported offering their students summer learning opportunities, with 30% of such programs supported by community partners and 95% intended for students not reading proficiently.

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Evaluation of the Council Bluffs Community School District’s 2018 Summer Reading Program

The summer reading program demonstrated positive effects on Grades 1–3 students’ pre- to posttest growth in reading skills and when comparing students who did participate to those who were eligible but did not participate. The district also made great strides at reducing attrition of summer program participants.

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An Investigation of Two Approaches to Fluency Instruction in the General Education Classroom: Repeated Reading Versus Varied Practice Reading

Results showed the Varied Practice Reading group statistically significantly outperformed the Repeated Reading group. In fact, Varied Practice Reading achieved slightly more than an extra week’s worth of improvement in reading fluency over Repeated Reading.

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Evaluation of the Council Bluffs Community School District’s 2017 Summer School Program

Results indicate statistically significant growth in some literacy skills for students in kindergarten through Grade 4 when compared to students who did not attend summer school.

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Report of the Kindergarten-Second Grade Phonics Materials Review for the Ames Community School District

The IRRC conducted a review of three instructional programs used in the Word Study Team Foundational Skills Materials Pilot study for the Ames Community School District. Each program was evaluated for how well it aligned with research-based content and instructional approaches for phonological awareness and phonics.

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Report of the 2016 Intensive Summer Reading Program (ISRP) Study

Findings indicate intensive summer reading programs helped students who were struggling with reading at the end of Grade 3 maintain their reading skills during the summer months.

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