Graduate Program

Educational Administration

Degree Name

Education Specialist (EdS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

David E. Bartz


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the Houghton Mifflin reading program in the Rome Community Consolidated School District in Dix, Illinois. The Houghton Mifflin Reading Program was implemented in the Rome School District in the fall of 1980. This study was designed to evaluate the reading program to determine if it is meeting the purposes and objectives that the district personnel believed it would meet and to ascertain if it is as effective as the Houghton Mifflin Company purports it to be.

This study was divided into four chapters. Chapter I furnishes background information concerning the Rome School District and the adoption of the Houghton Mifflin Reading Program. Chapter I also provides information about the objectives and purposes of this study.

Chapter II is an explanation of the Houghton Mifflin Reading Program and its four main categories of objectives: (1) decoding skills, (2) comprehension, (3) reference and study skills, and (4) literary skills.

Chapter III presents the design of the study, including an explanation of the development of the research instrument and collection of the data.

Chapter IV presents the results of the study through the presentation of the questions administered in collecting the data and the tables used to present the data. Chapter IV also presents conclusions and recommendations of the researcher regarding the effectiveness of the Houghton Mifflin Reading Program within the Rome School District.

The researcher concluded that there were two areas of concern in the program. Recommendations were made to review the areas of concern, to offer in-service training programs for the instructors, and to evaluate the effectiveness of the Houghton Mifflin Reading Program at various grade levels within the Rome School District.