Project Follow Through was the largest and most expensive federally funded experiment in education ever conducted. The most extensive evaluation of Follow-Through data covers the years 1968-1977; however, the program continued to receive funding from the government until 1995. One outcome of Project Follow Through was that it clearly documented the most effective instructional approach. The Direct Instruction model placed first in reading, arithmetic, spelling, language, basic skills, academic cognitive skills, and positive self image.
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