Policy Studies Associates

Literacy Instruction and Support



Save the Children

For more than 15 years, PSA has evaluated the impact of participation in the Save the Children literacy program on student achievement. PSA created and analyzed databases that integrate information from program administrative data, reports of student participation in program activities, and performance on literacy assessments during the school year. Analyses focused on the achievement of established program benchmarks and estimation of the gains in literacy proficiency in light of the duration and intensity of participation.

Cornerstone National Literacy Initiative

PSA designed an evaluation of the Cornerstone National Literacy Initiative to examine the implementation of the practices and principles of the Cornerstone Literacy Initiative school reform model and the impact of attendance at a participating school on student achievement. Analyses assessed the changes in program implementation over time and compared changes in literacy achievement among students attending participating schools with literacy achievement of similar students attending schools not participating in the initiative.

Scholastic, Inc.

PSA conducted a series of impact studies of Scholastic READ 180, a comprehensive computer-based literacy intervention program. The READ 180 studies featured quasi-experimental designs and analyses of student-level gains on state assessments in several school systems, including New York City, Austin (TX) Independent School District, and Phoenix (AZ) Union High School District. The studies were positively cited by the What Works Clearinghouse in its recent designation of READ 180 as a program with potentially positive effects.

Improving Student Literacy: READ 180 in the Austin Independent School District 2004-05
Performance of District 23 Students Participating in Scholastic READ 180
Study of the Performance of READ 180 Participants in the Phoenix Union High School District – 2003-04