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Nesmith, James A. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of the study was to examine school administrators' perspectives regarding grade-level retention in grades kindergarten through third in a New Jersey school district. Furthermore, this study explored how often school administrators reviewed retention literature and whether the literature influenced their overall opinion of retention.…
Descriptors: Grade Repetition, Elementary School Students, Administrator Attitudes, Kindergarten
McIntosh, Kristi Renee Barnes – ProQuest LLC, 2018
This investigation explored the relationship between educator preparation programs and teachers' perceptions of instructional readiness in foundational literacy skills. This study also examined the impact that early childhood, elementary, and specialty endorsement education programs of study, reading methods courses, and clinical field experiences…
Descriptors: Reading Skills, Reading Instruction, Clinical Experience, Reading Readiness
Feldman, Lexie P. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
This action research study describes the effects of implementing performance-based assessments in a second grade mathematics classroom. The focus of this study is on reducing traditional testing methods and moving toward more authentic assessments within mathematics, specifically in the form of performance assessments. The study was grounded in a…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Grade 2, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics
Atkins, Jonnell – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of a self-assessment rubric on a students' ability to self-monitor and self-regulate engaged reading behaviors. The research attempts to answer the following question: What impact does self-assessment have on the engagement of second-grade students during Independent Reading? Using an action…
Descriptors: Self Evaluation (Individuals), Learner Engagement, Independent Reading, Scoring Rubrics
Biggers, Regina – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of this mixed-methods, action research study, with a convergent design, is to improve student literacy achievement within a Mississippi school district, through the exploration of reading volume, motivation, and family connections. This study uses qualitative and quantitative data to provide an in-depth look into the phenomenon of…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Literacy, Reading Habits, Reading Motivation
McKeown, Jessica M. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Achieving scientific literacy is an essential outcome of science education and is comprised of knowledge of scientific content, the process of scientific inquiry, and understanding the Nature of Science (NOS; National Research Council, 1996). NOS refers to the characteristics of scientific knowledge that are derived from the results of the process…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Retention (Psychology), Comprehension, Elementary School Students
Glass, Angela – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Early identification and intervention for struggling readers increased the likelihood of students identified as proficient; ultimately leading to future success. The researcher sought to evaluate the Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) program in a Midwest urban school district, to help close the achievement gap between students' reading levels…
Descriptors: Fidelity, Program Implementation, Identification, Grade 2
Dong, Shufang – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of this study is to investigate the meaning of a class of second graders' fairy tale learning experiences. This study is unique four key reasons. First, it focuses on a group of students whose school has been lagging in state English Language Arts (ELA) proficiency tests; second, it provides perspectives on how fairy tales affect the…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Elementary School Students, Fairy Tales, Language Arts
Lee, Christine – ProQuest LLC, 2018
This study examines how teachers can structure and use pretend play for teaching science, as well as the impact it has on students' agency, engagement, and discussion. Using interaction analysis, I examine two teachers in two classrooms (n=52) of first and second grade students (6-8 years) at a progressive elementary school. To shed light on how…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Grade 1, Grade 2
O'Neil-Brown, Sheila – ProQuest LLC, 2018
With the advent of the South Carolina Read to Succeed Act, authorized in 2014, school districts are required to implement a comprehensive system of ongoing support to address declining literacy performance and ensure students graduate with the necessary skills to succeed in the college or career fields. As a result, school systems employ…
Descriptors: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Reading Achievement
Shaver-Troup, Bonnie – ProQuest LLC, 2018
This study investigated the effect of font style and character spacing on reading performance of 25 second graders, measured by an oral reading fluency test. The effect of font type and character spacing on reading performance was analyzed with ANOVA. Font style did affect reading performance. Character spacing may be relevant for longer reading…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Grade 2, Elementary School Students, Oral Reading
Marquez, Jocabed G. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The United States faces high demand for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) professionals and a scarce supply of individuals who pursue STEM careers, especially minority populations in the U.S with proficiency in a language other than English. The primary goal of this research was to determine the impact of use of Spanish in…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Executive Function, Mathematics Achievement, Science Achievement
Mindler, Alexandra M. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine the effects of one school district's summer reading program on the summer slide on DIBELS Next Composite Scores for students entering first, second, and third grade. The researcher examined the DIBELS Next Composite Score Data of students who were invited and attended and students who were…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Emergent Literacy, Elementary School Students, Reading Tests