Statement of Educational Problem
The students with disabilities form a subgroup when measuring Annual Yearly Progress(AYP). This subgroup of students is falling below the minimal requirement score of 800 inorder to pass the reading portion of the CRCT test. Great efforts have been implemented toassist students with increasing their scores. Students are monitored bi-weekly to trackprogression or regression in reading. The goal of the special educators is to implement acomputer based software reading program at which students can self-pace themselves asthey progress from one reading level to the next. This program will assist with readingfluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and other skills that will help students achieve theminimal, passing score of 800 on the CRCT test in addition to making them better readers.
B. Detailed Plan of Funding
Funding for this grant will be used to purchase technology equipment so the Reading Plusprogram can be implemented in any classroom within the school building. Teachers will haveaccess to computers and Reading Plus software at any location/classroom within the school.We will accomplish this through the purchasing of a mobile computer lab. The cart for themobile lab costs $998.00. Each laptop computer to fill the mobile carts costs $1,100 each.Twenty-five computers will fill each space in the cart totaling $27,500. However, we willequip the mobile computer lab with six computers costing a total of $6600. Additionalcomputers will be purchased, as funds are available. Headphones will need to be purchasedso that students can complete individualized lessons without distracting other students.Headphone sets costs $39.95 for a set of sixteen. One year of access to the web-basedprogram costs approximately $775. The site license required for each workstation costs$12.75 per license totaling approximately $76.50. A new printer will need to be purchased tocomplete the mobile set. A printer will be used to print documents such as achievementcertificates when students progress to the next level and progress monitoring charts/graphs,etc. for teacher use. The new, network printer will cost approximately $350. A printer cartridge for the printer will cost approximately $200.00 and two boxes of copy paper will cost$40.00 each for a total of $80.00. On-site training will be available to faculty and staff for acost of $875, including a follow up day of training. The total cost of equipment and training is$9,994.00, excluding tax and shipping expenses.
C. Project Assessment and Evaluations
There are multiple assessments that can be completed with the Reading Plus program tomonitor and track progress. Students are required to complete thirty-minute sessions eachtime they visit the lab. The first assessment students complete is the RPA Assessment. TheRPA, Reading Placement Appraisal, is completed before students begin the Reading Plusprogram. The program assigns appropriate programs at the current level of the reader. Thestudent completes the assessment to determine appropriate placement in the Reading Plusprogram. Students then work their way through the other sections/assessments of theReading Plus program.Additional sessions/assessments offered within the Reading Plus Program are describedbelow: