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Course # 3641
Language and Reading Skills and Their Relationship to High School Graduation Test Performance

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Course Abstract

This presentation discusses the results/implications of a recent research study that details the relationship between high-school students' language/literacy skills and their performance on state-mandated assessments, specifically the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT). The study identified specific language and literacy skills that were predictive of OGT performance and provides recommendations on how to enhance the language/literacy experiences of adolescent students.
Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • As a result of this Continuing Education Activity, readers will be able to identify specific language and literacy skills related to positive and negative performance outcomes on the Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT)
  • As a result of this Continuing Education Activity, readers will be able to explain 3 inter-related domains of literacy and list a number of factors that are likely to contribute to reading comprehension difficulties
  • As a result of this Continuing Education Activity, readers will be able to list at least 3 recommendations to enhance the language/literacy experiences of adolescent students

Average Rating

(129 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Review by: Shannon on May 18, 2012
It explained a very critical and realistic issue facing schools, slp's, and teachers today.
Review by: Kathleen on April 28, 2012
This course shared findings that I subjectively observed while working with students in middle school. Their reading comprehension difficulties greatly impacted their ability to access the curriculum. I also observed students to have particular difficulty with higher level language skills. A great article to reference that provides useful ideas of how to enhance language and literacy!
Review by: Bethany on April 16, 2012
Although it was difficult to extract the key points throughout the article, it was useful in terms of identifying complementary targets for literacy and language goals.
Review by: Lynn on April 16, 2012
new material that proved to be very helpful.
Review by: Wanda on April 13, 2012
interesting and valuable information
Review by: Sue on April 9, 2012
implication for targeted focus in secondary schools.
Review by: Linda on April 7, 2012
Interesting information; not a lot of research available for this age and grade level student; useful information for those working in the schools.
Review by: Douglas on March 29, 2012
Something for everyone to consider
Review by: Jessica on March 21, 2012
It applies to my job directly
Review by: Candace on March 7, 2012
The research that can be shared with secondary teachers about factors leading to success on the OGT and SAT
Review by: Flora on February 9, 2012
I am currently evaluating MS students with the CELF-4 who are struggling academically. I will be able to share the information from this course with teachers and parents regarding the impact of low language ability on academic learning.
Review by: DonnaMarie on January 27, 2012
I enjoyed reading the article. It was very informative.
Review by: Claire on December 31, 2011
The information provided in this research study is extremely useful in identifying supports for students who are not meeting high stakes criteria.
Review by: Ruth on December 23, 2011
Well defined and relevant research questions and findings.
Review by: Daryl on December 8, 2011
new and useful info to me
Review by: Jenifer on December 6, 2011
It was very well organized and easy to understand.
Review by: Janet on December 3, 2011
Good information to apply when working with adolescents.
Review by: Lisa on December 3, 2011
Interesting to see the impact of language deficits in older students
Review by: Arlene on November 30, 2011
Well documented research, but very lengthy
Review by: Amber on November 21, 2011
informative but so long!
Review by: Trisha on November 9, 2011
The material was very well-written and organized.
Review by: Catherine on November 7, 2011
I found the text very difficult to read and enjoy.
Review by: Belinda on November 5, 2011
well organized, clearly written, delivered what it promised
Review by: Robin on November 4, 2011
Relevant to my durrent job at the high school level.
Review by: Barbara on November 1, 2011
The research questions really assisted the understanding of skills necessary to succeed on the OGT. I agree with the suggested resolutions for the students who struggled with this test, that is, the skills of reading comprehension and higher language levels.
Review by: Sharon L on October 25, 2011
This course was well presented and supported the need for further language and literacy development in adolescent learners.
Review by: Claudia on October 18, 2011
information relevant to my work with students; very well organized and easy to read and comprehend; this is very important information for the governmental agencies who are dealing with educational issues especially in terms of reading and how important it is across the curriculum
Review by: Lynda on October 2, 2011
research cited well written
Review by: Leane on October 1, 2011
This article provides information on the most important aspects of language and reading skills as it pertains to school testing.

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Course Presenter

dawn m betts

Dawn M. Betts, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dawn M. Betts, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a supervisor of special education and consultant for the Clermont County Educational Service Center located in Batavia, Ohio. Dr. Betts' responsibilities include supervision of related service programs including speech-language pathology, occupational and physical therapy, as well as oversight of classrooms for students with multiple disabilities. She has special interests in language and literacy within the adolescent population, state-mandated testing, and educational administration.


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