School of Education
Doctor of Education (EdD)
David C Nelson
ELL, Home Language, Second Language
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Methods | Other Education
Hosch-Martin, Juanita, "Predictors of the Use of English Language Assistance Services by English Language Learners in Elementary Schools" (2016). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1318.
The number of English language learners (ELLs) in the American classrooms is growing at a rapid rate. The purpose of this correlational study was to determine whether there was a statistically significant relationship between the need for English language assistance services predicted using a combination of a student’s home language, student’s first language, student’s language used most, and W-APT scores for elementary school students in a southeastern state. The instrumentation for this study consisted of the Home Language Survey and W-APT scores. With the approval of the IRB and a southern state school district, the research was conducted using a convenience sampling method from archival data for 57 pre-kindergartens and 82 kindergarten second language elementary students from four elementary schools to total a sample size of 139. Archival data from 2011-2015 school years were available to the researcher based on the researcher’s professional relationship with the school district. A statistical test using a logistical regression was conducted and the data analysis results concluded there was a statistically significant relationship between the need for English language assistance services predicted using a combination of a student’s home language, student’s first language, student’s language used most, and W-APT reading, writing, and oral proficiency scores for elementary school students. The researcher rejected the null hypothesis. Recommendations for future research were included in this study.