MEASURING THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY OF STUDENTS AT THE SECONDARY LEVEL

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MEASURING THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE
PROFICIENCY OF STUDENTS AT THE SECONDARY LEVEL
BY
Jessica R. Wille

A Research Paper
Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the
Requirements for the Degree of Education Specialist
With a Major in
School Psychology
Approved: 6 Semester Credits

Thesis Committee Members:

The Graduate School
University of Wisconsin - Stout
May 2006

English Language Proficiency

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The Graduate School
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 5475 1

ABSTRACT

(Writer)

Wille
Jessica
(Last Name) (First)

R
(Initial)

Measuring the Academic Achievement and English Language Proficiency of Students at the (Title)
Secondary Level
School Psychology
(Graduate Major)

Jacalyn W. Weissenburger, Ph.D.
(Research Advisor)

(May12006)
(MonthIYear)

52
(No. of pages)

American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual: Fifth Edition (Name of Style Manual Used in this Study)

With the increase in English language learner populations, the extent of ELL programming, and the need to increase retention, it is important to use appropriate assessment tools to determine the need for programming and to measure progress for ELL students. The purpose of this study was to determine the connection between English language proficiency as measured by the Language Assessment Scales (LAS) and academic success measured by grade point average and the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE). Further, this research sought to determine the utility of the LAS for measuring growth over time. Participants (n

= 29) were

enrolled in a north central Wisconsin school district. Data was

collected for 8thand 10" grade students during the 2002-2003 school year. Separate correlational analyses were computed to determine relations between language proficiency and WKCE and

English Language Proficiency
grade point average. Further, dependent t-test analyses were conducted to determine language proficiency growth. Findings reveal acceptable developmental validity on the LAS reading measures, while the writing measures failed to demonstrate acceptable alternate form reliability. Results of language proficiency correlations with measures of GPA and performance on the WKCE revealed mixed results. The overall evidence did not confirm the usefulness of the LAS to predict student achievement as measured by cumulative GPA or the WKCE's Reading and Language Arts standard scores.

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English Language Proficiency

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Table of Contents
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Abstract ......................................................................................................... 2
List of Tables .................................... .............................................................. 6
Acknowledgements............................................................................................ 7
Chapter I: Introduction ........................................................................................ 8
Chapter 11: Literature Review ............................................................................. -12
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Second Language Acquisition ..................................................................... 12

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Definition of English Language Learner ......................................................... 14
Identification Process for English Language Learners ......................................... 15
Assessment Tools for ELL Students.............................................................. Problems with Assessment ........................................................................ 17

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Impacts of Policy and Reform Efforts ............................................................ 22
Programming for English Language Learners .................................................. Chapter 111: Methodology ................................................................................... 28...
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