The Kentucky Read to Achieve (KY RTA) Program was created under Senate Bill 19 in 2005 with the goal of supporting schools in implementing a reading diagnostic and intervention program to address the needs of struggling readers. More specifically, the KY RTA program was designed to identify and provide intensive reading and intervention programs to struggling readers within primary grades (K-3).
There is flexibility in the intervention programs from which participating schools may choose, but several aspects of program implementation are required and therefore common across participating schools.
- Schools must provide a highly trained reading intervention teacher.
- Selected early reading intervention programs must offer short-term, intensive instruction in essential skills necessary for reading proficiency.
- Teachers must also participate in a variety of required professional development activities.
The Collaborative Center for Literacy Development (CCLD) was charged with creating and implementing a comprehensive research agenda to evaluate the impact of intervention programs on student achievement in reading for RTA participants. MGT of America was contracted by CCLD to conduct the comprehensive evaluation study during the 2009-2010 academic year.
The purpose of this report is to provide the background, methodology, and impact data for the 2009-2010 implementation of the KY RTA project. The report is organized as follows:
- Chapter 1.0 provides background and the conceptual framework for the study.
- Chapter 2.0 provides details on the methodology used for this study, including sample selection, protocol development, procedures, data collection, and design and analysis.
- Chapter 3.0 summarizes the methods and findings for the case studies and cross-case analysis.
- Chapter 4.0 details the stakeholder perceptual findings related to KY RTA program and intervention implementation effectiveness perceptual findings.
- Chapter 5.0 summarizes the impact of the RTA program and its common interventions on student reading achievement outcomes.
- Chapter 6.0 describes expenditures and the impact of program expenditures on student reading performance.
- Chapter 7.0 provides a discussion of the findings and reflections on future evaluation of the KY RTA study.
RTA Yearly Reports