2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

The Effect of Reading Components Used to Increase Reading Accuracy Rates for Struggling Readers in a DRA Test
Emily L. Gentemann♦
Dr. Wendy Miner, Faculty Mentor

The Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) is given to students throughout the course of his or her reading career in my school district. In first grade the students are required to progress ten levels in one year, compared to four in kindergarten. If a student falls behind, he or she will continue to play catch-up as the year progresses. The purpose of this study is to look closely at three fluency components, which are phrasing, self-correction, and problem solving and their effectiveness when used by a first grader taking the DRA. DRA scores from three months were collected and analyzed, along with student feedback on whether or not they believed that they had used the strategies. The results show that two of the four students in this study passed one reading test each throughout the semester and struggled especially with phrasing, likely due to the need to still decode unknown words.

Keywords: Elementary, Education, DRA, Reading, Phrasing, Self-Correction, Problem Solving

Topic(s):Education

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 101-7
Location: VH 1010
Time: 9:30

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