Reading Institute


Projects

  • Improving Reading and Reducing Reading Anxiety Among Students With Reading Difficulties

    The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk is partnering with researchers at Boston University to investigate practices for improving reading comprehension and reducing reading anxiety with fourth- and fifth-grade students with reading difficulties. Previous research demonstrates a high prevalence of anxiety among children experiencing reading difficulties. Amie Grills of Boston...

  • Scale-Up of PACT: Examining the Effectiveness of a Content Area Reading Comprehension Approach

    MCPER is partnering with Vanderbilt University to conduct a 5-year study to determine the effectiveness of a fully developed set of U.S. history unit lessons when implemented (i.e., scaled up) by social studies teachers across various middle schools. The study will also examine how differences in teacher implementation...

  • PACT Plus

    MCPER is partnering with the University of Maryland to implement and refine a tiered approach to improve reading among sixth- through eighth-grade students with disabilities in public schools. The first goal is to increase knowledge about the implementation and efficacy of an instructional and intensive intervention model for adolescents with...

  • Strategies for Reading Information and Vocabulary Effectively (STRIVE)

    This project is designed to test the efficacy of a professional development model that features Strategies for Reading Information and Vocabulary Effectively (STRIVE), a fully developed set of evidence-based practices for content area instruction with upper-elementary students. MCPER researchers and Central Texas teachers jointly developed the 18-week STRIVE lessons based...

  • Targeting the 2 Percent

    Targeting the 2 Percent (T2%) aims to improve the instruction, content knowledge, and academic achievement of Texas students transitioning from assessments based on modified standards to the general state assessment, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®).

  • External Evaluation of ACE: A Community for Education

    MCPER works with ACE: A Community for Education (formerly ACEE: AmeriCorps for Community Engagement and Education) to evaluate implementation of its 2011–2012 bilingual reading intervention program in Austin Independent School District. ACE, housed within the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin, works to ensure that...

  • Alice Partnership Project: Advancing Learning Outcomes In a Community of Excellence

    MCPER collaborated with Alice Independent School District (ISD) to improve reading instruction and student outcomes. Alice ISD, in South Texas near Corpus Christi, serves more than 5,200 prekindergarten through grade 12 students. MCPER assisted Alice ISD’s six elementary schools—Mary R. Garcia, Hillcrest, Noonan, Saenz, Salazar, and Schallert&mdash...

  • College and Career Readiness Initiative: English/Language Arts Faculty Collaborative

    The College and Career Readiness Initiative fosters statewide higher education collaboration on the improvement of educator quality and implementation of the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). The English/Language Arts Faculty Collaborative engages faculty members in teacher education and English to ensure that all English/language arts teachers...

  • External Evaluation of the Research-Validated Approach to Instruction for Secondary Excellence in Texas Demonstration Project

    The External Evaluation of the Research-Validated Approach to Instruction for Secondary Excellence in Texas (RAISEup Texas) Demonstration Project is a regional collaborative of eight Central Texas schools in six school districts served by Education Service Center Region XIII, the E3 Alliance Central Texas P–16 Council, the University of Kansas...

  • Texas Center for Learning Disabilities

    The Texas Center for Learning Disabilities (TCLD) conducts research that leads to a more comprehensive understanding of the following: Reliable and valid classifications of learning disabilities, with direct implications for identification of students with significant reading disabilities, including models that incorporate response to intervention (RTI) The role of executive functions...

  • Promoting Adolescents’ Comprehension of Text

    MCPER has partnered with the University of Houston, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Texas A&M University, and Florida State University to improve the reading comprehension of students in grades 7 through 12. The focused program of research of the project, Promoting Adolescents’ Comprehension of Text ...

  • Collaborative Strategic Reading Project

    ​This project is designed to test the efficacy of a fully developed intervention, Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR), with adolescent struggling readers. During a 10-year period, CSR has been evaluated by using quasi-experimental designs and has yielded positive outcomes for students with learning disabilities, students at risk for reading difficulties, average-...