Oklahoma Reading First

Censeo Group was the external evaluator of the Oklahoma Reading First Grant. Between 2006 and 2011, the multi-site, multi-method evaluation examined fidelity of implementation, teacher perceptions, and student outcomes in more than 70 schools participating in the federal Reading First grant program. Dr. Jarosewich created surveys to collect data from teachers, administrators, and coaches; and developed an observation form to conduct classroom observations. The evaluation team reviewed extant data; conducted site visits to a sample of 10 schools in each year of the grant; interviewed teachers, coaches, and administrators; analyzed data through descriptive statistics, qualitative methods, and hierarchical linear modeling; and reported findings to multiple stakeholders including the state department of education, participating schools, the state board of education, and teachers and coaches. The team assisted Oklahoma State Department of Education program staff in identifying valid parameters for successful grant implementation, completing annual APR reports, and preparing presentations to the State Board of Education. The Reading First evaluation project led to a set of presentations at three professional conferences.

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