Title

Student Academic Achievement in Literacy: Implementing Individualized Goal Setting

Date of Award

Spring 5-14-2021

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction

Department

Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Aaron Peterson

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of individual goal setting on student literacy scores. The research focused on the impact that goal setting has on ten students in a kindergarten classroom. Students were taught goal setting strategies and were asked to focus on three goals that were specific to them. Observation, work samples, and assessments were used to monitor the impact of goal setting. The Fountas and Pinnell Text Leveling system was used to identify the impact that goal setting had on individual performance. The reading assessments were performed a total of three times. This provided a pre assessment, a second assessment which showed growth without an added variable, and a final assessment to show growth with goal setting added. The assessments were analyzed to determine if and what type of growth the students had when goal setting was present. The data suggested that goal setting increased student literacy scores. This conclusion will help guide future instruction and will serve as an additional form of engagement and motivation.

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