Date of Award
Master of Science in Education (MSEd)
Education and Human Development
Dr. Thomas Giblin
Dr. Donald Halquist
This thesis reviews research on Reading First (RF), a federal grant program instituted under No Child Left Behind to improve reading instruction in grades K-3 among high-poverty schools. The mandates, implementation, and outcomes of the RF program are analyzed for their impact not the English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum. The author argues that RF successfully implemented a shift in early grades emphasis towards phonics instruction, creating slightly improved phonics outcomes at the cost of growth in other ELA skills.
Hoffman, John F., "The Influence of the Reading First Grant Program on English Language Arts Classrooms" (2013). Education and Human Development Master's Theses. 293.