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The effects of Read 180 on fourth and fifth-grade English learner students and English only students

Read 180 is a reading program designed for students whose reading achievement is below the proficient level. The goal of Read 180 is to address gaps in students' skills through the use of a computer assisted instruction intervention. The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine the effects of Read 180 on the reading achievement of fourth and fifth-grade English Learner students and English Only students at three elementary schools located in California's Central Valley. This study was designed to measure the success of student participants who participated in a daily 90-minute structured reading block. For each participant, the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) was administered twice, to establish baseline data for the first academic quarter, and at the end of fourth academic quarter to determine if changes in achievement occurred between the pretest and posttest. Paired sample t-tests were used to determine if significant differences existed in the reading achievement of fourth and fifth-grade English Learner students and English Only students after 1 year of participation in Read 180. The level of significance was set at .05. The results indicated a significant difference between the means of the pre and posttest scores. The mean posttest scores were significantly higher than the mean pretest scores for each group.

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