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Hill Center Regional Education Model Year One Woodcock-Johnson III Evaluation Results Brunswick County Schools 2009-2010. Presented by: Tamara Walser, Ph.D., Lead Evaluator & Emily Grace, M.Ed., Project Coordinator The University of North Carolina Wilmington.

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Hill Center Regional Education Model

Year One Woodcock-Johnson III Evaluation Results

Brunswick County Schools

2009-2010

Presented by:

Tamara Walser, Ph.D., Lead Evaluator &

Emily Grace, M.Ed., Project Coordinator

The University of North Carolina Wilmington


Students Included in Evaluation

324 Total Students

Middle School Students

Elementary Students


Evaluation method
Evaluation Method

  • Students were pretested in Fall 2009 and posttested in Spring 2010

  • Individual assessments using four subtests

    of Woodcock Johnson III Achievement Test (WJ-III)

  • Raw scores were converted to age-referenced standard scores to measure growth


Description of subtests

Description of Subtests

Letter-Word Identification: List of individual words for student to read aloud

Passage Comprehension: Short sentences containing a blank for student to read and supply appropriate word

Reading Fluency: Short sentences for student to read quickly and identify as true or false

Word Attack: List of “nonsense” words for student to read aloud, measuring phonics skills


What are standard scores

What are Standard Scores?

Age-referenced standard scores account for expected academic growth.

A student who makes expected growth would have the same standard score at the pretest and posttest. An increase in a standard score indicates greater than expected growth; a decrease indicates the opposite.

The AVERAGE standard score for the WJ-III is 100 where 90-110 is the average range.



Elementary Students (N=257)

Average Score Range


Middle School Students (N=67)

Average Score Range





Subgroup Results: Word Attack

Average Score Range



EC Results: Reading Fluency

Average Score Range



EC Results: Word Attack

Average Score Range


Next steps

Next Steps…

For the 2009-2010 Annual Evaluation Report:

Will analyze pre- to post-implementation North Carolina End-of-Grade Reading Assessment scores

Will analyze HillRAP student attendance data

Will analyze HillRAP teacher implementation proficiency data

For the Longitudinal Evaluation:

Will conduct WJ-III posttesting in spring 2011



  • Email: Emily Grace

  • gracee@uncw.edu

  • For:

  • Additional information

  • A copy of this presentation

  • For evaluation team to visit your staff


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