Literacy Initiatives and Achievement in a High School Context

Literacy Initiatives and Achievement in a High School Context

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The Clinton Community School District in Clinton, Iowa is currently focusing its staff development program on literacy. The literacy initiative intends to prepare teachers with strategies that parallel those found on the standardized tests utilized for student achievement data. This applied research study was designed to determine the confidence level Clinton High School teachers have teaching in literacy strategies, to determine the extent to which Clinton High School teachers implement literacy strategies, and to determine the correlation between teacher confidence and implementation and standardized test scores. Research data were developed using means of a questionnaire administered to Clinton High School faculty members in addition to the results provided by standardized test scores from the Iowa Test of Educational Development (ITED) of the years 2007 and 2008. Questionnaire data was analyzed for mean numeric response and categorized by the identified demographics including teacher content specialty, education level, and years of experience. Standardized test results were categorized by grade level, content specific ITED test, and the identified literacy strategy utilized on each ITED question; then the mean percent correct for each identified category was calculated; then the change in percentage correct from 2007 to 2008 ITED results was calculated. Final data analysis determined the correlation between the identified questionnaire variables and standardized test data. The study reveals, in general, that as teachers' confidence in utilizing literacy strategies increases, standardized test scores increase. Further analysis showed that, in general, as teacher implementation of a literacy strategy increases, again, standardized tests scores increase as well. The results of this applied research study allowed staff development leaders to determine the effectiveness of the implemented literacy program.The three literacy strategies frequently utilized on Iowa Test of Educational Development are the Big Idea, ... This table displays a parallel comparison of grade levels, meaning, 9th grade scores of 2007 are compared to a#39;the 9th grade scores ofanbsp;...

Title:Literacy Initiatives and Achievement in a High School Context
Publisher:ProQuest - 2009


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