Date of Award
Doctor of Education (Ded)
Educational and School Psychology
Joseph F. Kovaleski
The purpose of this study was to determine if there is a difference for English Language Learners (ELLs) and native English speakers on the rate of improvement (ROI) of oral reading fluency (ORF). Two-hundred and ninety-four first, second, and third-grade students (226 ELLs and 68 native English speakers) from an international school in China were screened using aimswebPlus oral reading fluency passages throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Fall-to-spring ROI was used to measure student growth throughout the year. Results indicated that students in Grade 3 have a significantly lower ROI than students in Grades 1 or 2. A significant difference was also found by language status when Grades 1 and 2 were combined with native English speakers having a higher ROI than ELLs. When controlling for the fall ORF score, no difference was found by language status for students when data were disaggregated by Grade 1, 2, or 3
Edmondson, April, "The Effects of English as a Second Language on Oral Reading Fluency" (2019). Theses and Dissertations (All). 1788.