Date of Conferral
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Schools participating in the Carson Curriculum Project use a scripted literacy curriculum. After years of implementation, these curricula are still being used, despite no increase in standardized tests, which is the goal of the project. An evaluation of scripted literacy curriculum has never been completed. The purpose of this study was to use a qualitative case study to gather the perspectives of 12 teachers, administrators, and curriculum coaches, three from each of the four schools who have taught in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade for at least 1 school year. The conceptual framework for this study was Bradley's effectiveness model. Research questions were based on the indicators of Bradley's model and how they are implemented with scripted literacy programs. Also explored was how these indicators affect the use of supplemental literacy instruction as a part of a scripted literacy curriculum, and how teachers work together using these indicators in this district when teaching a scripted literacy curriculum. Data were collected through interviews and surveys then analyzed using a priori coding and themes were developed using Bradley's model. Descriptive information from the survey was used to inform the final report. Finding showed that vertical curriculum continuity was not met in school A, horizontal curriculum continuity, broad involvement, long range planning, and decision making clarity were not met in any of the schools, positive human relations, and theory into practice approach were not met in schools A or B, and planned change was not met in schools A or D. A curriculum evaluation was developed to presents task items to address each of Bradley's indicators. Implications for positive social change include using the findings of this study to guide the planning and implementation of scripted literacy curriculum and supplemental materials to enhance students' learning in this district.