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Potential Project Description for 2010-11

 

Title: Curriculum-Based Measurement in Writing: Longitudinal Research with Elementary School Learners
Domain Expert: Heather Campbell, Education

For the past several years, we have collected longitudinal writing data (curriculum-based measurement: CBM) with 5th grade English language learners and native English speakers in St. Paul, MN. We are hoping to use the CBM data to determine whether or not the students make adequate writing progress and whether changes in instruction result in increased slopes in CBM data. Possible statistics needs: the use of hierarchical linear models to analyze longitudinal data as well as creating "tables of probable success" to predict which students might pass their MCA spring tests based on fall CBM data. Additionally, we would like to compare this year's results with the results obtained in previous studies that looked solely at the writing of English language learners.