How to Increase Students Reading Comprehension Skills? How to Increase Students Literacy Skills Across Subject Areas?
How to Increase Transliteracy Skills in Bilingual Students?
In California educators have adopted the new Common Core Standards to hold students and teachers to a higher level of education. Students are still not reaching benchmark and educators are looking into different tools in order to have students reach grade level. Students still need to be pushed to achieve bench mark and educators are still searching for better ways to get their students at grade level. In a Spanish dual Immersion program, students face reading comprehension challenges not only in English, but in Spanish as well. As a bilingual teacher there is a need in the classroom for multi-modal strategies that will help students improve transliteracy skills in both languages. This project uses OCDE Project GLADⓇ (Guided Language Acquisition Development) strategies as well as technology to help bilingual students achieve transliteracy improvement.
The goal of my capstone is to provide opportunity for other teachers to look at this research and possibly use it in their own classrooms. This research may benefit other bilingual or Spanish dual immersion teachers looking for ways to improve transliteracy skills. Background and Need The National Assessment of Educational Progress scores for reading showed that there has not been much growth in 4th and 8th graders in 2015 scores compared to 2013 reading scores. In fact 8th grade scores from 2015 have dropped compared to 2013. The results showed that the following group of 8th graders dropped their scores: males, females, white, black, hispanic, suburb, town, rural. It seems that almost all 8th graders, regardless what ethnicity or where they live, have dropped their reading scores. Both grades have only gained small amount of points from the first ever scores in 1992 (6 points for 4th grade and 5 points for 8th grade). In 23 years 4th and 8th grade students have only gained 6 points in reading comprehension scores since first implementing this test. According to the CAASPP English Language Arts/ Literacy reports in the state students scores from 2017 have slightly increased from the 2016 scores. In 3rd and 4th grade their scores combined increased 1.96%, in 5th and 6th grade their scores combined dropped by 3.43%, and in 7th, 8th, and 11th grade their scores combined increased by 2.77% compared to 2016 scores (California Department of Education, 2017). Thus there was a slight 1.30% increase in total from all grades 2017 scores compared to 2016.