The following recommendations presented are designed to assist in meeting the needs of improved IRLA implementation to improve student reading achievement. They are based on the quantitative and qualitative data gathered thus far regarding the evaluation of IRLA implementation. These recommendations seek to address teacher concerns regarding instruction, time management, curriculum and professional development. Additionally, they focus on increasing the reading achievement of students through the increased use of the IRLA program.
Targeted Professional Learning
One suggestion is for building instructional coaches to send teachers implementing IRLA an electronic instructional coach survey offering a level of support teachers elect of their own accord. Requiring teachers who do not want to participate in instructional coaching results in less success. However, a survey that offers teachers the chance to work with an instructional coach at a level they are comfortable with – or not at all, will produce richer instructional coach-to-teacher experiences that can result in greater student reading achievement.
Another recommendation is to develop an IRLA implementation roadmap based on the Action 100 Instructional Framework and IRLA Handbook that is coupled with specific professional learning during each stage of the road map. This may help alleviate teacher concerns regarding the management of IRLA materials and guidelines and instructional time.
Purchase More Student Books
Another recommendation includes the purchasing of more IRLA books for student reading. As students learn more Power Words, they are able to successfully read more IRLA books. This promotes students who enjoy reading and want to read more. The more a student reads, the more academic achievement the student experiences.
Record Benchmark Data in the Online Assessment Score Database
Final recommendations relate to the realignment of the BASD reading benchmarks and report cards to IRLA expectations and entering end-of-quarter IRLA levels in Performance Tracker. This will help in communicating a consistent message to all stakeholders as to the permanency and importance of IRLA instruction to increase student reading achievement. It will also assist in future program evaluation endeavors to analyze student assessment data.