Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) Evaluation Study


Researchers at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) have received a 3.3 million dollar grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to test the fully developed and widely implemented Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA): Listening and Learning read-aloud program.

The researchers will follow children from kindergarten entry to second grade and will investigate the effects of the reading curriculum on their vocabulary skills, listening comprehension, domain knowledge, and ultimately reading comprehension at the end of second grade. The multi-year (K-2) study looing at the effects of the CKLA Listening and Learning read-aloud program is the first of its kind.

More than 1400 children in 48 schools will participate in the study. The researchers will randomly select 10 children per classroom and measure their listening comprehension, vocabulary, and domain knowledge in kindergarten, first and second grades and their reading comprehension at the end of second grade.

Project Status: Summer 2016 - Spring 2019

Funding Source: US Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

Principal Investigators: Sonia Cabell (PI), Thomas White (Co-PI), Marcia Invernizzi (Co-PI), James Kim, Harvard University (Co-PI)