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Sample Design for an Evaluation of the Reading First Program

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Publication Date: March 2003

Publisher(s): MDRC (Organization)

Author(s): Howard S. Bloom

Funder(s): Institute of Education Sciences (U.S.)

Funder(s): Institute of Education Sciences (U.S.)

Topic: Education (Statistics, research, and research methods and financing)

Keywords: Research Methodology; Educational Studies

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This paper illustrates how to design an experimental sample for measuring the effects of educational programs when whole schools are randomized to a program and control group. It addresses such issues as what number of schools should be randomized, how many students per school are needed, and what is the best mix of program and control schools.