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ERIC Number: ED507764
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan-6
Pages: 44
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
Leveling the Playing Field: Increasing Student Achievement through Data-Driven Ability Grouping and Instructional Practices
Sexton, Jami
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This action research project focuses on increasing student comprehension and achievement. The study examined the effectiveness of completing detailed item analysis of assessments for the purpose of placing students into different Language Arts classes and learning groups within those classes. Research advocates placing students of similar ability levels for reading instruction as long as instructional practices are equitable. After student placement, the data was used then for instructional planning. Item analysis of weekly assessments and a unit test continued for the purpose of arranging learning groups and for instructional planning. The participants in this study consist of ten fifth-grade students. The students participated in lessons on a number of reading skills. Data were collected from fifth-grade Ohio Achievement Tests, Reading Benchmark tests, weekly assessments, a Unit Test, a reading survey, an interest survey, self-evaluation survey, conferences, and observational notes. The results of the study suggest a positive relationship between detailed item analysis and student placement. The results also show a positive relationship between using detailed data analysis for instructional planning and increasing student achievement. (Contains 16 charts.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio