Content-oriented reading software for struggling readers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: R305S04256
Agency Tracking Number: R305S04256
Amount: $93,896.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: 84.305S04
Small Business Information
8435 Pepperridge Drive, Colorado Springs, CO, 80920
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Griffith Brenda
 (719) 260-1700
Business Contact
 Brenda Griffith
Title: Ms
Phone: (719) 260-1700
Research Institution
In 2003, The Nation’s Report Card for educational progress showed that thirty-seven percent of fourth graders could not read at the most basic level. Further, poor readers are notoriously “disengaged” - they do not have the desire to read. These students need explicit instruction to improve their reading comprehension skills; however, few programs are available to older students and the available programs are often uninteresting or too difficult. Research suggests that long-term reading improvements come about through a balanced program, developing both reading competencies and intrinsic motivation. In Phase I of this multi-phase SBIR project, Active Artz will create and validate an instructional curriculum designed to instill the most successful reading strategies and motivate poor readers to become engaged readers. This content-based curriculum will be tested using fourth graders, identified as poor readers and chosen from a multicultural, low SES population. Formative testing will involve pre/post-test measures for reading comprehension and motivation using standard instruments. Curriculum material will be tested over a four-week trial. Data analysis will include descriptive statistics and t-test for correlated means. The objective is to demonstrate that this content-oriented, researchbased instruction has the potential to aid older, struggling readers and improve intrinsic motivation to read.

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