Summary of Findings
On average, students who received Reading Horizons instruction demonstrated greater gains on the Gates-MacGintie Reading Test as compared to students who did not receive Reading Horizons instruction.
Professionals in the state office of education supported school districts in the development of plans to improve student outcomes in reading and mandated that such plans include phonics instruction. Reading Horizons was a primary program element in Webster schools.
Reading Horizons direct instruction materials, Reading Horizons interactive software, teachers trained in the Reading Horizons program, a district-wide commitment to implementation of Reading Horizons.
The Reading Horizons program was implemented in ten schools; two schools did not participate in initial implementation. All teachers in the ten participating schools received Reading Horizons training. The data presented was gathered over half a school year in the initial year of implementation. Of the ten schools that incorporated Reading Horizons instruction, teachers and administrators at two schools, coded as A and B, reported high confidence levels in initial implementation. The remaining eight schools reported challenges in initial implementation.
NOTE: The two schools in the district that did not implement Reading Horizons are coded as K and L. For some data analysis, schools A and B alone are compared to schools K and L. In other data sets, schools A – J are compared to schools K and L.