An evaluation of the Merit reading software in the Calhoun County, WV middle/high school

We were asked by Merit Software to conduct a quasi-experimental research study to evaluate the effects of its reading software on middle school students. Because the No Child Left Behind Act emphasizes the importance of evidence-based interventions and has set improving students reading comprehension as a goal, we agreed to take on this project. Scores from the Stanford Achievement Test, Ninth Edition (SAT-9) for both the treatment and control groups were compared for 2002 and 2003. Our findings showed achievement gains associated with each of the nine SAT-9 dependent variables we measured. Keywords: scientifically based reading, scientifically based research, scientific based research, reading research, research based evidence, research based reading, computer assisted instruction, computer based reading.

Author: 
Bickel, R.D., Bowling, N., Cadle, C., Cunningham, M.L., Jones, J.D., & Staats, W.D.
Year: 
2004
Source: 
Journal of Research on Technology in Education, Vol. 37, pp 177-194.
Type: 
Related Research
Content Area: 
reading
IDEA Disability Category: 
autism
emotional disturbance
major-other health impairment
specific learning disability
speech or language impairment
Instructional Support: 
practice and reinforcement activities