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This blog post is part of our What Works Clearinghouse review series. The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) is an initiative by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) which is the independent statistics, research, and evaluation arm of the United States Department of Education. WWC estimates the effectiveness of programs by evaluating the quality and quantity of evidence for that program.

This week’s blog post is about the evidence behind Instructional Conversations and Literature Logs’s impact on students. Here’s the short version:

Instructional Conversations and Literature Logs helps English learners develop reading comprehension ability along with English language proficiency. Acting as facilitators, teachers engage students in discussions about stories, key concepts, and related personal experiences, allowing students to appreciate and build on each others’ experiences, knowledge, and understanding.

The evidence for Instructional Conversations and Literature Logs covers students in 2nd grade through 5th grade.

The outcomes examined include: english language development and reading achievement. Here’s what the evidence suggests about Instructional Conversations and Literature Logs’s impact on each outcome:

  • English language development: Positive impact (an average student would be expected to improve by 23 percentile points)
  • Reading achievement: Positive impact (an average student would be expected to improve by 29 percentile points)

The studies looking into Instructional Conversations and Literature Logs had student samples that were in urban areas in California, had students who were Hispanic, and were English language learners, and received free & reduced price lunch.

You can find the full report from the What Works Clearinghouse here:

https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Docs/InterventionReports/WWC_ICLL_102606.pdf

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