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Project CRISS®
Adolescent Literacy

Project CRISS® was found to have potentially positive effects on comprehension for adolescent learners.

Project CRISS® (CReating Independence through Student-owned Strategies) is a professional development program for teachers that aims to improve reading, writing, and learning for students in grades 3–12. The implementation of Project CRISS® does not require a change in the curriculum or materials being used in the classroom, but instead calls for a change in teaching style to focus on three primary concepts derived from cognitive psychology and brain research. These three concepts include students (1) monitoring their learning to assess when they have understood content, (2) integrating new information with prior knowledge, and (3) being actively involved in the learning process through discussing, writing, organizing information, and analyzing the structure of text to help improve comprehension.

Findings

2
studies that met standards out of
4
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
Comprehension Potentially positive effects 4-6
 
 
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Last Updated: June 2010

Race

Asian
2%
Black
37%
Native American
1%
White
31%

Ethnicity

Hispanic
30%
Not Hispanic
70%

Free & Reduced-Price Lunch

77%

Delivery Method

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Whole Class

Urbanicity

Rural
Suburban
Urban

Locations

WI, FL, GA, LA, TX, AZ, CA, OR
Midwest, South, West


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This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by Mathematica Policy Research under contract ED-07-CO-0062.

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