School of Education
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)
ELL, Achievement, Reading
Handy, Narichica V., "Solving the Problem of the Reading Achievement Gap among Spanish-Speaking English Language Learners in a West Texas Elementary School: An Applied Study" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4916.
The purpose of this study was to solve the problem of low reading achievement among English language learners at Wiley Elementary School in West Texas. A multi-method design was used, consisting of both qualitative and quantitative approaches. The first approach involved semistructured interviews with campus administrators, campus teaching coaches, and dual language teachers. The second approach involved conducting a focus group with campus administrators, campus teaching coaches, and dual language teachers. The third approach consisted of a document review of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness reading results. The findings resulted in several recommendations for solving the problem of improving low reading achievement among English language learners. These recommendations include providing targeted professional development to teachers to enhance their practice and improve the academic achievement of ELLs.