Fostering success in reading: a survey of teaching methods and collaboration practices of high performing elementary schools in Texas

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Title: Fostering success in reading: a survey of teaching methods and collaboration practices of high performing elementary schools in Texas
Author: Evans Jr., Richard Austin
Abstract: This study examined reading programs in 68 Texas elementary schools that were identified as successful by their scores on TAAS assessment results in the 1999 -2000 school year . These schools ? ? student populations had a high proportion of culturally diverse and low -SES students . The purposes of this study were : (1 ) to determine if and how teaching methods and collaboration (intervention /support teams ) were used by effective schools to foster reading success in all students ; (2 ) to identify cohesive patterns (clusters ) or models in schools ? ? use of collaboration and teaching methods ; (3 ) to examine these clusters of similar schools and see if the patterns differed based on the school /community demography (urban , suburban , or rural ) . The study was conducted in 68 schools in 33 school districts that represented various demographic settings from 12 different Education Service Centers across Texas . From these original 332 variables , 26 variables were selected that were of medium frequency and strongly correlated with high TAAS scores over a 4 - year period . These 26 variables were used to examine the 68 high -performing Texas elementary schools for clusters . K -means analysis and HCA were both applied to the 26 response variables , using them as complementary techniques to arrive at a five cluster solution . Results from correlations of individual characteristics and from identifying school clusters suggested that school community type could possibly be moderately predictive of student performance on the TAAS /TAKS over time .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /3968
Date: 2006-08-16

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Fostering success in reading: a survey of teaching methods and collaboration practices of high performing elementary schools in Texas. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /3968 .

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