Beginning Stages of Research and Data Entry

posted Oct 30, 2012, 7:48 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 2, 2012, 7:54 AM by Brad Kohl ]

 The Reading to the Beat Program, engineered as a pilot a few years ago, had astounding results. The data collected in the past indicated that by tapping out simple words to a common beat, children increased their speed and accuracy when reading these sight words. This program is being implemented again this year using a select group of english language learners, who have been struggling with language proficiency skills. Convincing data published in support of this program, could be instrumental in changing the way that reading is taught in the classroom.
    Over the past few weeks we have been busy designing a spreadsheet and entering in the pre-test data, which depicts the reading level of the students before the Reading to the Beat program was implemented. This data will be used as a baseline, and a point of comparison for future investigation. 
    Recently we have met with Dr. Lipscomb, a professor and researcher at the university of Minnesota to discuss data collection and analysis. One of our goals for the purposes of analyzing the data is to create a formula that represents a single number for fluency. This equation will need to relate the amount of time that is taken for a student to read a list of words (which should decrease over time), with the total number of words read accurately (which should increase over time).