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Randomized Control Trial of the Content Literacy Continuum (CLC)

REL Midwest at Learning Point Associates is conducting a three-year, randomized control trial through its contract with the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education to study the effectiveness of the CLC curriculum in high schools. The study addresses the extent to which the CLC curriculum improves students' reading skills; content knowledge; and other academic outcomes, such as attendance and persistence in school. The study also measures the effect of this literacy-across-the-curriculum approach on the quality of literacy instruction by language arts teachers and teachers of other subjects. The study will explore the factors that promote or impede the successful implementation of this approach in high schools.

Following random assignment of participating schools to the CLC group or non-CLC group, baseline knowledge and skills of all 9th grade students will be established using a combination of existing school records and an initial literacy assessment. Teachers in the treatment group will receive guidebooks containing all of the instructional protocols and support materials necessary to effectively implement CLC.

A team of professional developers will work with all teachers and administrators in the group, providing ongoing training and regular follow-up meetings. Quantitative data collected from both the CLC group and the control group will include student achievement scores, course credits attempted and earned, course grades, course levels, promotion and graduation rates, attendance and student mobility.

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