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A Longitudinal Study of Students’ Basic Skills. Barbara Perushek, Ph.D. Cloquet Senior High School bperushe@cloquet.k12.mn.us 218-879-3393, ext. 3102 Daniel Naslund Cloquet Senior High School dnaslund@cloquet.k12.mn.us 218-879-3393, ext. 4102 William Fleischman, Ph.D.

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A longitudinal study of students basic skills

A Longitudinal Study of Students’ Basic Skills

Barbara Perushek, Ph.D.

Cloquet Senior High School

bperushe@cloquet.k12.mn.us

218-879-3393, ext. 3102

Daniel Naslund

Cloquet Senior High School

dnaslund@cloquet.k12.mn.us

218-879-3393, ext. 4102

William Fleischman, Ph.D.

University of Minnesota, Duluth

wfleisch@d.umn.edu

218-726-7557


Project background

Project Background

--Instituted as part of Communication Department Goals

--Developed a collaborative research partnership with University of

Minnesota Duluth Professor William Fleischman

--Received a grant from UMD’s Center for Community and

Regional Research


Project goals

Project Goals

--Measure students’ knowledgeof standard formal English

--Provide a measure of studentprogress over academic years

--Provide a tool to assesscurricula and teaching strategies


Methodology

Methodology

--Pre and Post Tests given each September and May

--100-question test (adapted from English Simplified, l999), designed

to measure basic skills including

--grammar

--punctuation

--mechanics

--spelling

--usage

--Computer-based analysis system provides for “feedback sheets” for each teacher/each class


Implications

Implications

--Measure students’ progress over academic years

  --Identify specific strengths/weaknesses in individual

student performance

--Assessments used to evaluate the effectiveness of

department curricula and teaching strategies


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