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Title: Connecting Primary Grade Teacher Knowledge to Primary Grade Student Achievement: Developing the Evidence-Based Reading/Writing Teacher Knowledge Assessment System
Center: NCER Year: 2005
Principal Investigator: Reutzel, D. Ray Awardee: Utah State University
Program: Effective Teachers and Effective Teaching      [Program Details]
Award Period: 3 years Award Amount: $926,814
Goal: Measurement Award Number: R305M050003

Co-Principal Investigator: Janice A. Dole, University of Utah

The purpose of this assessment project is to develop a comprehensive, and practical primary-grade measure of teachers' knowledge about effective, evidence-based reading and writing instruction and validate the measure against students' reading and writing achievement.

Structured Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this assessment project is to develop a reliable, comprehensive, and practical primary-grade Evidence-Based Reading/Writing Teacher Knowledge Assessment System (ERWTKAS).

Setting: Elementary schools in Utah.

Population(s): 45 schools, 135 classroom teachers, and 900 students (grades 1-3) in Utah will participate in the study.

Assessment: ERWTKAS will be designed to comprehensively measure teachers knowledge about effective, evidence-based reading and writing instruction by focusing on the knowledge teachers possess and how that knowledge is enacted within a classroom setting.

Research Design and Methods: ERWTKAS will be designed across 3 phases: In the first phase, the researchers will identify, code and organize essential information about what teachers need to know about effective, evidence-based reading/writing instruction using a systematic literature review, classroom observations/interviews of primary grade teachers, teacher focus groups, and an expert audit trail review of these other data to verify interpretation, coding and categorization. In phase 2, finalized categories, themes, and items from Phase 1 will be used in conjunction with modern test development theory to determine the format, content, subscales, and items to be included in a two subscale assessment system: an objective test of knowledge about effective, evidence-based reading and writing instruction; and a classroom observation rating scale to assess enacted knowledge. In phase 3, predictive validity study will be conducted to determine how well teacher ERWTKAS scores predict student reading and writing achievement.

Key Measures: The teacher measure will be the ERWTKAS scales. The student measures will include the following standardized reading/writing tests and subtests: Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) test, Iowa Test of Basic Skills (reading subtest), Stanford Achievement Test - 10 (reading subtest), Gates-MacGinitie Reading Test, IPT Early Literacy-English Writing Test, and the Test of Early Written Language - 2, Form A.

Data Analytic Strategy: The ERWTKAS and subscale scores will be analyzed using traditional test and measurement approaches to test-retest, internal consistency, rater objectivity for reliability, and face and content validity. Confirmatory factor analysis will be used to examine the construct validity of the ERWTKAS. Generalizability and multi-facet Rasch measurement analyses on the classroom observation ERWTKAS subscale scores will be conducted to further strengthen the reliability of the observation ratings. Multi-level statistical modeling techniques will be used to evaluate the predictive validity of the primary grade teacher ERWTKAS subscales and total student scores on selected nationally standardized reading and writing tests.

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Journal article, monograph, or newsletter

Reutzel, D. R., Dole, J. A., Read, S., Fawson, P., Herman, K., Jones, C. D., Sudweeks, R., and Fargo, J. (2011). Conceptually and Methodologically Vexing Issues in Teacher Knowledge Assessment. Reading and Writing Quarterly, 27(3): 183–211.

** This project was submitted to and funded under Teacher Quality: Reading and Writing in FY 2005.