Posted on May 13, 2020
Categories: Research and Evaluation

ORE conducted an evaluation of the Early Literacy Specialist Initiative from 2015-16 to 2018-19. Four research reports summarize the findings after four years:

  1. Implementation of the ELS Initiative
  2. Teacher Benefits and Changes to Teacher Practice 
  3. Teacher Turnover and Retention
  4. Student Achievement during the ELS Initiative (this just-released report)

Key Findings

From the time coaching began for each cohort (2015-16 for Cohort 1 and 2016-17 for Cohort 2) until 2019:

  • The percentage of K-3 students who scored in AIMSweb Tier 1 increased in Cohorts 1 and 2.
  • The percentage of third-grade students who scored Proficient or Advanced on the PSSA-ELA increased slightly in Cohort 2 schools.
  • The percentage of Cohort 1 English Learner students in AIMSweb Tier 1 increased by 9 points.

Use the button below to download the 44-page report.