Significant Work: Reading and Literacy

Current Work:

SRA Imagine It! Today's Open Court Randomized Controlled Trial: In partnership with other nationally recognized researchers, SEDL is conducting a national, large-scale randomized controlled trial assessing the effectiveness of SRA Imagine It! Today's Open Court, an elementary school reading program. The rigorous study, which will involve some 5,000 students in 60 schools across multiple districts, will use a multisite cluster randomized trial design to examine whether SRA Imagine It! affects reading outcomes for K–5 students and whether outcomes vary significantly across students, schools, and districts.

Past Work:

Louisiana Striving Readers Randomized Controlled Trial: SEDL, in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education, conducted a 1-year randomized controlled trial of the Voyager Passport Reading Journeys supplemental program for struggling adolescents readers (those reading 2 or more years below grade level). The study involved 10 middle schools in 4 parishes and assessed whether students using the program demonstrated greater gains in reading outcomes and under what conditions. The project was funded through a Striving Readers grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs.


Madison Parish Early Reading First Grant Evaluation: Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, this 3-year project evaluated the implementation and impact of the Bright Futures Early Reading First project on outcomes for children, teachers, classrooms, and families in Madison Parish, Louisiana. SEDL implemented a quasi-experimental study design to measure and analyze gains in children's reading outcomes, teacher literacy knowledge, classroom quality, and parental involvement. Significant gains were found for children’s receptive vocabulary, letter recognition, and print awareness skills, and instructors showed significant increases in their literacy and language knowledge.

Year 3 Summary Evaluation Report: Bright Futures Early Reading First  (PDF 716 K)

Dissemination of the National Institute for Family Literacy (NIFL) K–3 Literacy Resources Evaluation: SEDL supported the national dissemination of NIFL literacy resources to teachers, parents, and family members of K–3 students (with a focus on family members with low-literacy skills) through an internal evaluation assessing both the perceived usefulness, relevance, and quality of the materials provided and the specific dissemination channels used. This multiyear study involved surveys of teachers, parents, and individuals associated with the national network of organizations participating in disseminating materials.

Recovery School District Literacy Coach Training and Support Initiative Evaluation: SEDL conducted an internal evaluation of its Literacy Coach Training and Support Initiative for the Recovery School District in New Orleans, Louisiana. This initiative provided training and ongoing support to school-based literacy coaches on research-based literacy strategies. SEDL's evaluation documented implementation as well as the effects of the initiative on participants (including district, school, teacher, and student outcomes). Using a mixed-methods approach, SEDL collected data through focus groups of trainers and literacy coaches, observations of literacy coach whole-group training sessions and cluster meetings, and surveys of literacy coaches.