First, I would like to thank my husband, Rich, and my children for encouraging and
putting up with me through all of my schooling—my ESL endorsement, teaching certificate,
reading endorsement, and finally, my master’s degree....
The National Center for Education reports that a large percentage of the rise in minority
enrollment in elementary schools is because of the growth in the number of Hispanic students
(NCES The National Center for Education,...
categorized as a high-poverty, Title I school, with all of the students qualifying for free lunch (B.
Moser, personal communication, October 8, 2010).
Research has shown that there can be positive growth in reading achievement when
Purpose of the Study
The purpose of this thesis was to discover if implementing a Spanish-English take-home
library, or SETHL, would increase reading test scores as well as increase positive attitudes
toward reading for Hispanic ELL kindergarten...
sixth grade. The DIBELS assessment is given in K-6 classrooms three times per year. It is an
individualized test with the proctor working one-on-one with students to assess their growth
throughout the year (Good, R. H., & Kaminski, R. A.,...
the reading and language level of any given student and records growth for the composite score
as well as measures growth for each student in several sub-categories (Northwest Evaluation
Association [NWEA], 2011). The assessment also tests for...
include items such as country of origin, race, and the nature of their immigration. In fact,
differences among Hispanic groups are often greater than differences found between Hispanic
and non-Hispanic populations (Espinosa, 1995). Other...
for poor school outcomes, not only because of language issues, but also because of
socioeconomic issues (Goldenberg, 2008). Most Hispanic Americans are characterized as
having low levels of educational success and high rates of poverty, and this...
1995). These deficits may contribute to the fact that Hispanic students, with relatively few
exceptions, have had the highest high-school dropout rate of any group in the United States from
1972-2007. High School student dropouts from the low...
families who would like to send their children to preschool, the cost for private preschools is
often prohibitive, and there is not sufficient state or federal funding for government preschools.
Given the current educational status of Hispanic...
presented are phonemic awareness, phonics instruction, guided oral reading, comprehension
strategies, fluency, vocabulary development, computer technology, and teacher training
(National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, 2000). All...
cognates is beneficial. All of these activities produce strong effects in mastery of targeted words,
and smaller, but significant gains in comprehension of the selected text (Goldenberg, 2008).
Other research supports the findings that...
their primary language (L1) as well as their second language (L2). When children are able to
read in both L1 and L2, they develop language skills in their L1, find it easier to read in English,
and learn to read or improve reading skills in both...
The purpose of this thesis project was to determine if sending home kindergarten reading
homework through the SETHL would improve Hispanic kindergarten student scores on the
DIBELS and MAP assessments and improve Hispanic...
control group that received no books from the SETHL. The groups were formed to be as
academically equal as possible using the most recent DIBELS scores. These study participants
were found in the 58 percent of kindergarten students who spoke...
The DIBELS assessment was used to create the groups for the SETHL as well as to compare
The MAP assessment is computerized and was developed by the Northwest Evaluation
Association (NWEA). It tests for academic achievement in the areas...
toward reading by marking the picture that most closely depicted how they felt about reading.
This quantitative assessment was designed to complement qualitative data in a way that was
reliable, valid, and based on norms with a large-scale frame...
The researcher formed three academically equal groups of students from the
kindergarten class based on the literacy ability of the students as shown on the mid-year DIBELS
assessment. These groups were formed, as closely as possible,...
Parental surveys were used to determine their feelings associated with reading homework
that was sent home with the students. The same surveys were given to parents whose students
received the SETHL books in Spanish and English, English only, as...
10. Implement the SETHL program for children and parents to share, and record time
spent reading. Monday through Thursday exchange SETHL books.
11. Periodically collect recording logs for later analysis and replace them with