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Research Basis for Merit Software:

Balajthy, E. (2005).
“Text-to-speech software for helping struggling readers.”
Reading Online, 8(4).

Bloom, B.S. (2000).
A Taxonomy for Learning, Teaching and Assessing: A Revision of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives.
Krathwohl, D. & Anderson, L. (Eds.). White Plains: Longman Publishing Group.

Bryan, J., Merchant, C., & Cramer, K. (1999).
“America Calls: Technology-based Interdisciplinary Planning and Instruction.”
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Classroom Leadership Online, 2(5).

Buckleitner, W. (1999).
“The State of Children’s Software Evaluation—Yesterday, Today, and in the 21st Century.”
Information Technology in Childhood Education Annual, 1, 211-220.

Chall, J.S. & Dale, E (1995).
Readability Revisited: The New Dale-Chall Readability Formula.
Cambridge MA: Brookline Books.

Denny, V., Flugman, B. & Gartner, A. (2000).
“Technology and Instruction within the New York City Adult Literacy Initiative, Findings and Recommendations.”
Center for Advanced Study in Education, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Disseldorp, B., & Chambers, D. (2002).
“Selecting the right environment for students in a changing teaching environment: A case study.”
Paper presented at the meeting of the Australian Society for Educational Technology International, Melbourne, Australia in July.

Fowler, B. (1996).
“Bloom’s Taxonomy and Critical Thinking.”
Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum Project, Longview Community College.

Harris, A.J. & Jacobson, M.D. (1982).
Basic Reading Vocabularies.
New York: Macmillan.

Harris, A.J. & Sipay, E.R. (1975).
How to increase reading ability.
New York: David McKay.

Hasselbring, T.S. & Glaser, C. H.W. (2000).
“Use of Computer Technology
to Help Students with Special Needs.”
The Future of Children: Children and Computer
Technology, 10(2).

Jones, J., Staats, W., Bowling, N., Bickel, R., Cunningham, M., & Cadle, C. (2004).
“An Evaluation of the Merit Reading Software Program in the Calhoun County (WV) Middle/High School.”
Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 37(2).

O’Byrne, B., Securro, S., Jones, J., & Cadle, C. (2005).
“Making the Cut: The Impact of Merit Reading and Writing Software on Low Achieving Students.”
Paper to be presented at The College of Education and the Continuing Education Center of Georgia Southern University’s 17th Annual National Youth At-Risk Conference in Savannah, GA in March 2006.

Pisha, B., & Coyne, P. (2001).
“Jumping off the page: Content area curriculum for the Internet age.”
Reading Online, 5(4).

Rings, S. (1994).
“The Role of Computer Technology in Teaching Critical Reading.”
Paradise Valley Community College, Mariscopa Center for Learning and Instruction.

Schoenfeld, A. (1999).
“Looking Toward the 21st Century: Challenges of Educational Theory and Practice.”
Educational Researcher, AERA.NET Publications.

Schwarts, J.M. and Begley, S. (2002).
The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force.
New York: ReganBooks.

Shepard, L. (2000).
“The Role of Assessment in a Learning Culture.”
Educational Researcher, ER

Taylor, S. E., Frankenpohl, H., White, C. E., Nieroroda, B. W., Browning, C. L., & Birsner, E. P. (1989).
EDL core vocabularies in reading, mathematics, science, and social studies.
Austin, TX: Steck-Vaughn Company.

U.S. Department of Education. Office of Educational Research and Improvement. National Center for Education Statistics. (1999).
The NAEP 1998 Reading Report Card for the Nation and the State.
NCES 1999-500, by P. L. Donahue, K. E. Voelkl, J. R. Campbell, and J. Mazzeo. Washington, DC.

U.S. Department of Education. (2002).
“No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Legislation and Policies Website.”