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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

English: Teaching English as a Second Language: M.A.




College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

James Robinson

Second Advisor

John Madden

Third Advisor

Edward Sadrai

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This paper reports on a study that analyzed the effectiveness of a district-wide training effort to help close the achievement gap between EL and mainstream students who were in graduating classes from 2009 through 2015. Existing data from 64 participants at a high school was collected to determine if there have been any positive or negative trends over the past 7 years in the academic performance of these high school English Learner (EL) students. Information such as grade point average at graduation, class graduation rates and reading information, specific to vocabulary and reading Lexile level, were collected from standardized test scores to determine these trends. Although results of this study did not show a significant improvement in academic achievement during the seven years analyzed, the overall EL program support and the partnerships between mainstream and EL colleagues grew substantially in this district.