As REL Southwest, Edvance Research conducted a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) to evaluate the effectiveness of a Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR) intervention on student reading comprehension. The analysis and results of this study are now published.
What is the research?
A large number of students face many challenges in acquiring language skills that are fundamental to being successful in school. These students are often at-risk for academic failure and the number of these students is on the rise. As a result, identifying and utilizing effective interventions for improving reading comprehension of students is of paramount importance to education professionals.
This study examines the effect of CSR on student reading comprehension. Within each of the participating linguistically diverse schools, grade 5 social studies classrooms were randomly assigned to either the treatment condition (using CSR when delivering social studies curricula) or to the control condition (a business-as-usual counterfactual condition).
This study focused on the following confirmatory research question:
In linguistically diverse schools, do grade 5 students in CSR classrooms have higher average reading comprehension post-test scores on the Group Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation (GRADE) than those in control classrooms?