Florida's Middle School Reading Coaches: What Do They Do? Are They Effective?
Aug 15, 2008
A Study of Florida Middle School Reading Coaches
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Despite recent progress in reading achievement among children in primary grades, many children are not moving beyond basic decoding skills to fluency and comprehension as they go on to higher grades. To address this problem, many policymakers suggest that reading coaches — master teachers who offer ongoing on-site instructional support for teachers — can improve teachers' practice and students' literacy skills. RAND researchers evaluated the middle school reading coach program in Florida to answer these questions: How is the program being implemented by the state, districts, schools, and individual coaches? What is the impact of coaching on teachers' practice and students' achievement in reading and mathematics? What features of reading coach models and practices are associated with better outcomes?
Background on Coaching and Florida's Program
Research Questions, Framework, and Methods
Implementation of Florida's Coaching Program: District and School Policies
Implementation of Florida's Coaching Program: The Day-to-Day Work of Coaches
Perceived Influence of the Coach on Teachers, Principals, School Climate, and Students
The Impact of Coaching on Student Achievement
Conclusions and Recommendations
2006–2007 Florida Reading Coach Position Description
Data and Modeling in the Statewide Achievement Analysis
Modeling the Coaching Implementation–Student Achievement Link
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