Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Angela C Pascale


The Problem

The School Department of Stonington, Connecticut, initiated a reme dial clinic f or mathematics and reading under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This study explored to what degree such a facility contributed toward creat ing a rise in proficiency levels in mathematics and reading over a fift een-week period of time.


A sample of 46 students was selected from educationally deprived children who attended the remedial clinic . This sample was des i gnated as the experimental group.

A sample of 46 students was selected from educationally deprived children who received .instruction in the classroom. This sample.was designated as the control group .

The difference in proficiency improvement in reading and mathematics experienced by these groups was measured over a fifteen-week period of time.

The Gray Oral Reading Test, the Gates Reading Survey, and the California Arithmetic Test were administered to the experimental and control groups as pre-testing and posttesting instruments t o determine degree of difference in improvement .


A t-test of significance at the . 05 level showed there to b e a significant difference between the achievement of the experimental and control groups in reading and mathematics as registered by every test utilized . This difference favored the experimental group .



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