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Maryland 2010 Scale-Up Grant Abstract


Success for All Foundation

PR Award Number:


Project Title:

Scale-Up and Evaluation of Success for All in Struggling Elementary Schools

Project Director:

Nancy Madden

Amount of Award:


Length of Award:

5 years

Absolute Priority:

AP4: Persistently Low-Performing Schools

List of Partners (with states for each):

School Districts
Atlanta Public Schools (GA)
Allentown School District (PA)
Detroit Public Schools (MI)
Garfield RE-2 (CO)
Geary County USD 475 (KS)
Knox County Board of Education (KY)
Lorain City School District (OH)
Prince George’s County School District (MD)
Putnam County Public Schools (FL)
School District of Philadelphia (PA)
Roosevelt School District 66 (AZ)
Steubenville City Schools (OH)
William Penn School District (PA)

Colorado Department of Education (CO)
Johns Hopkins University (MD)
Pennsylvania Department of Education (PA)

Project Website:

Description of Project:

Success for All (SFA) is an extensively evaluated whole-school turnaround approach for Title I elementary schools. It provides extensive training and materials to help school staffs implement cooperative learning, proven reading strategies, reading comprehension and study strategies, tutoring and other support for struggling readers, and family support and other assistance for problems that go beyond the school. In recent years, the program has added many technology elements, including material for interactive whiteboards, computer-assisted tutoring, and technology to help teachers keep track of children’s progress and needs and to help teachers do informed planning. The technology helps support a three-tiered Response to Intervention (RtI) approach in which technology-enhanced classroom instruction serves as Tier I, small-group tutoring as Tier II, and one-to-one tutoring as Tier III.

SFA has a substantial research base and currently works with about 1,000 schools in the United States. The goal for scaling up SFA is to add 1,100 schools to its national network, expand training capacity substantially with both district-hired and SFA-hired staff, and operate more cost effectively by taking advantage of economies of scale and localization. This will be accomplished by offering $50,000 grants to help schools adopt SFA; by engaging school districts as partners, with district staff engaged as SFA coaches; and by investing in public relations and other efforts to make schools aware of SFA. The scale-up of SFA will be targeted to Title I school-wide projects nationally.

Description of Evaluation:

SFA's independent evaluator, MDRC, will carry out a cluster randomized trial in which 50 Title I elementary schools across the United States will be randomly assigned to use SFA or not to do so. The evaluator will pretest kindergartners entering SFA and control schools, and then give individual assessments of reading outcomes each spring through second grade. Analyses will use hierarchical linear modeling. Post-experimental analyses will examine factors such as quality of implementation; extent of use of technology; and characteristics of schools, students, and teachers. The main research questions focus on the effects of SFA participation on reading outcomes.

Project Evaluator:

Dr. Fred Doolittle



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