Capstone/Dissertation Title

A comparison of 5th grade standardized reading test scores following implementation of a reading workshop

Term

2007

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Abstract

This study is focused on a two-year comparison of 5th grade standardized reading test scores. The goal was to find if differences exist after one elementary school switches its reading instruction from basal texts and implements a balanced reading approach delivered through the Reading Workshop model. The implementation school's scores were examined in a before and after analysis and compared to demographically similar elementary schools. Another point of interest in this study was to find where the differences exist with respect to ethnic and socioeconomic categories. The data collected was all public and published by the Minnesota Department of Education and subjected to a secondary analysis. The results of this study suggest a correlation exists between the implementation of a balanced reading approach and improvement in standardized reading test scores.

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