Computer-assisted tutoring in Success for All: Reading outcomes for first graders

This article presents a randomized experiment evaluating a computer-assisted tutoring program. The software program, Alphie's Alley, provides reading tutors with animated activities for students, assessment tools, and professional development. In a year-long study involving 25 schools using the Success for All reading program, 412 low-achieving first graders were randomly assigned to be tutored with or without Alphie's Alley. On individually-administered reading measures there were no significant differences overall, but among students with tutors rates as “fully implementing,” children whose tutors used Alphie's Alley scored significantly better on three of four measures. These results suggest that if implementation is done well, technology that enhances the performance of tutors has promise in improving the reading performance of at-risk children.

Author: 
Chambers, B., Abrami, P., Tucker, B., Slavin, R., Madden, N., Cheung, A., & Gifford, R.
Year: 
2005
Source: 
American Educational Research Journal
Type: 
Related Research
Content Area: 
reading
Grade Level: 
early elementary
IDEA Disability Category: 
autism
emotional disturbance
major-other health impairment
specific learning disability
speech or language impairment
Instructional Support: 
multimedia products and projects
practice and reinforcement activities
National Reading Panel Standards: 
comprehension
fluency
vocabulary
English Language Arts: 
Reading: Foundational Skills
Reading: Literature
Reading: Informational Text
Language