WWC review of this study

Improving reading comprehension and social studies knowledge in middle school.

Vaughn, S., Swanson, E. A., Roberts, G., Wanzek, J., Stillman-Spisak, S. J., Solis, M., & Simmons, D. (2013). Reading Research Quarterly, 48(1) 77–93. Retrieved from: https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ996121

  • Randomized controlled trial
     examining 
    339
     Students
    , grade
    8

Reviewed: August 2013

At least one finding shows promising evidence of effectiveness
At least one statistically significant positive finding
Meets WWC standards without reservations
Comprehension outcomes—Statistically significant positive effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
    index
Evidence
tier

ASK Reading Comprehension in Social Studies subtest

Promoting Acceleration of Comprehension and Content Through Text (PACT) vs. Business as usual

Posttest

Grade 8;
339 students

0.51

0.09

Yes

 
 
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More Outcomes

Gates-MacGinitie Reading Tests Fourth Edition (GMRT- IV): Reading Comprehension subtest

Promoting Acceleration of Comprehension and Content Through Text (PACT) vs. Business as usual

Posttest

Grade 8;
322 students

0.16

-0.07

Yes

 
 
8
 
Social studies achievement outcomes—Statistically significant positive effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
    index
Evidence
tier

ASK Knowledge Acquisition Subtest

Promoting Acceleration of Comprehension and Content Through Text (PACT) vs. Business as usual

Posttest

Grade 8;
339 students

2.28

1.71

Yes

 
 
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Evidence Tier rating based solely on this study. This intervention may achieve a higher tier when combined with the full body of evidence.

Characteristics of study sample as reported by study author.


  • 3% English language learners

  • Female: 53%
    Male: 47%

  • Urban
  • Race
    Asian
    5%
    Black
    9%
    Other or unknown
    4%
    White
    53%
  • Ethnicity
    Hispanic    
    30%
    Not Hispanic or Latino    
    70%
 

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