Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Johnson, Ted


Literacy programs--New Jersey; Reading--Ability testing--New Jersey


Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration


The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of the two new reading programs on the improvement of students' reading scores and the enhancement of instruction in the Lower Alloways Creek School District using an action research design. Teachers involved in using the new programs were surveyed. Student grades from the previous year in the first marking period and the current year during the first marking period were analyzed and compared. At the time of the study, the school enrollment was approximately 220 students. Grades first through eighth were included in the study. The research instruments were a survey to the teachers and a comparison of reading grades. The data analysis procedure for the surveys and grade comparison had three steps. First data was organized, coded, and then categorized by consistent patterns. The researcher concluded that the new reading programs (MacMillan/McGraw/Hill and Glencoe) implemented in the Lower Alloways Creek School were not as effective as the reading programs used in the 2003-2004 school year.