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Qualitative Research "by the numbers."

Posted By: Dick Schutz on August 8, 2006
The operative sentence is “the Waterford program had no added benefit for students in treatment classrooms.” That finding could have been reached by an analysis of the Waterford product/protocol and confirmed by a much smaller and shorter-tem study than was involved here. Although the investigators made recommendations to the District after the first year, there was no follow-up in subsequent years as to the extent to which the recommendations were implemented or the benefits/lack thereof for students. Nor was there any follow-up that showed any benefit from the recommendations based on the finding that “the quality of pedagogy and Open Court implementation in both treatment and comparison classrooms was low.”

Meanwhile, no changes have been made in other the Waterford or the Open Court product/protocols. Both continue to claim that they are “research-based.” Wonder why there’s a “reading problem?”

Dick Schutz
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