I would love some feedback please:
I work in a residential treatment facility for juvenile offenders. My kids are court ordered for up to 18 months in this particular facility, and we have a new program where kids can be sentenced for up to 3 years (kid prison really). I've been here for 11 years, and the first 7 were spent teaching Reading in the Juvenile Detention Center next door. One of the biggest problems that I see are high school kids reading significantly below grade level. By significant I mean K-3rd grade reading levels. This affects their ability to learn in all subjects, and all of these students are behind in all other subjects.
I've wanted to implement some type of reading intervention program on this campus for some time (can you believe we don't have one?), and this year I asked if we could utilize title 1 funds for an intervention. I was told that I could work with a tutoring company that was contracted with the district, and was budgeted a specific amount to spend.
So, here are my possible action research questions. They are all similar, just worded differently which I feel changes the focus somewhat.
1. What is the effectiveness of a new in school tutoring program for reading intervention?
2. How can we effectively increase reading levels in the short amount of time that our students are enrolled? I know that some of the kids getting the tutoring will be released before the end of the program, so I am going to have students with different amounts of time spent tutoring. I wonder if this will be a problem for the research.
3. Given the relatively short amount of time that students are enrolled in my school, will the new in school tutoring program for reading intervention be effective at increasing student reading levels?
Of the above 3 questions, which do you think is the best one to use as my research project question?
Or do you have another suggestion?
I would appreciate any feedback!
Thank you so much!