- Early Childhood
- Adult Literacy
Collaborative Center for Literacy Development
READ KY was a three-year pilot study designed to test the impact of a technology-based approach to reading instruction on adults who have literacy skills below the fifth-grade equivalency level. More specific goals were to:
- Design technology-based adult basic reading (below 5th grade equivalency) programs
- Implement different models of these programs in metropolitan, urban and rural sites across the Commonwealth
- Enroll in these programs adults with a reading level below fifth grade equivalency
- Encourage adults who achieve a fifth grade reading level through READ KY to continue to the next level of adult education
Evaluate these pilot programs with attention to:
- Effective features of different reading software packages to improve reading levels
- Recruitment (includes marketing), enrollment and retention of adult learners
- Participation patterns of adult learners
- Learning outcomes of the adults enrolled
- Staff qualifications for effective learner support.
The five pilot programs were distributed across the Commonwealth: one metropolitan, two urban and two rural. Two different delivery models were chosen to test a technology-centered instructional model. One model used technology alone for instruction with a facilitator providing technical and administrative support. The other model had trained reading instructors supplement the technology. Outcomes for each model were compared.
Lead Researchers: Beth Goldstein & Eric Reed, University of Kentucky