Posted on May 12, 2020
Categories: effective instruction, literacy

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 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.