Fifth Year Evaluation Report for the Cornerstone Literacy Initiative

157 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2007

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Amy Ellen Schwartz

New York University (NYU) - Institute for Education and Social Policy; Syracuse University - Center for Policy Research; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Hella Bel Hadj Amor

New York University (NYU) - Institute for Education and Social Policy

Christine Donis-Keller

New York University (NYU) - Institute for Education and Social Policy

Leanna Stiefel

New York University (NYU) - Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Date Written: April 2007

Abstract

This report continues to track the implementation and impact among schools participating in the Cornerstone National Literacy Initiative reform, now in its sixth year of operation. The results confirm previous findings that Cornerstone schools become better at implementing the reform with time. As acceptance of and enthusiasm for the reform increases, changes in teaching practices become more institutionalized, and the skills of both teachers and students improve. While there is variation at each site, analysis of test score outcomes indicates that given time, Cornerstone schools will see improvement in student achievement. Cornerstone is successful at improving the achievement of students overall in some districts and at raising the performance of students who are typically considered most at-risk in other districts. Regression results indicate that it may take, at the very least, two to three years of implementation to begin to see even a small impact on test scores.

Keywords: literacy reform

Suggested Citation

Schwartz, Amy Ellen and Schwartz, Amy Ellen and Bel Hadj Amor, Hella and Donis-Keller, Christine and Stiefel, Leanna, Fifth Year Evaluation Report for the Cornerstone Literacy Initiative (April 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1077223 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1077223

Amy Ellen Schwartz (Contact Author)

Syracuse University - Center for Policy Research ( email )

Syracuse, NY 13244
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New York University (NYU) - Institute for Education and Social Policy ( email )

United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Hella Bel Hadj Amor

New York University (NYU) - Institute for Education and Social Policy ( email )

United States

Christine Donis-Keller

New York University (NYU) - Institute for Education and Social Policy ( email )

United States

Leanna Stiefel

New York University (NYU) - Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service ( email )

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