Date of Award
Ed.S. in Educational Leadership
Dr. Doug Davis
University of Mississippi
Abstract This applied research study sought to improve the quality of teaching in third-grade reading at Tigerville Elementary School (TES). The need to improve the quality of teaching in third-grade reading was identified through Standardized Test for the Assessment of Reading (STAR. 2017-2018) reading data and Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP 2017-2018) test data. This study used three elements providing instructional support for teachers building teaching capacity and improving student achievement to address the central issue of improving the quality of teaching in third-grade reading. The program utilized an action plan and a program evaluation design to address improving the quality of teaching in third-grade reading. The data derived from STAR teacher reflective journals and teacher interviews were primarily used to determine the success of this applied research study. The findings from this study indicated the need to increase teacher collaboration by using Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) as the vehicle to provide instructional support for teachers. This study also found the quality of teaching improved when teachers were provided effective instructional strategies to teach the five components of reading.
Ellis-Barnes, Valeree, "Improving the quality of teaching: an applied research study on improving the quality of teaching in third-grade reading at Tigerville elementary school" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1749.