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Team MembersRory Moore, Learning SpecialistKana Sanders, Literacy Coach & 6th grade Language ArtsDanny Rowe, Literacy SpecialistMichelle McMillin, Social StudiesJennie Movrich, ELD Specialist
Identifying the problemAccording to the Oregon Department of Education, 60% of Latino students are not reading at grade level. There is a real andpersistent achievement gap between our white and latino students.In 2011-12, 77% of Hazelbrook Middle School’s white students met or exceeded the state’s benchmark in reading. Only 46% ofour Latino students were able to do the same.The problem is exacerbated for our Latino students who are English Language Learners, eligible for special education, or both.
6th graders at greater risk“The middle school years represent a distinct developmental periodwhere by students are expected to develop a firm sense of self,establish and maintain a positive social support network andeffectively balance social, academic, and personal demands. (Chenand Cleary, 2009, p.292)”
PurposeTo close the racial achievement gap inreading between our white and Latinostudents and to focus on the most vulnerablestudents in our school.
Our Focus Students6th grade studentsLatino19% are receiving Special Education66%have limited English Proficiency
RationaleOur grant provided a 1:1 student to iPad ratio. Studentswho are learning English or speak it as a second languagewill have the opportunity to comprehensively improve theirskills at a faster rate because of the iPad’s unique ability tostrengthen the power of Sheltered InstructionObservational Protocol.
Measuring GrowthPrimary Goal: For all Latino students enrolled in ourteam members’ classes (6thgrade readinginterventions, ELL, and general education languagearts and social studies) to increase by 5-7 points ontheir Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills inthe area of reading.
OAKS Comparison5th Grade 6th GradeStudents took the test up to 3timesStudents took the test twice42/70 studentsincreased51/70 Studentsincreased9 students’ scores didnot change4 students’ scoresstayed the same
OAKS Comparison5th Grade 6th Grade20/70 Increased by 5 ormore33/70 Increased by fiveor moreAverage score was anincrease of 2.59Average score was anincrease of 4.19Median Score +2 Median Score +3.5
ConclusionsOur first year data is positiveDefied the trend of 6th grade declineThe district called this a technology grant, but fromthe start we viewed this as a SIOP Grant supportedby technology, and we believe this strengthen ourteaching and drove student success.