Jon T. Lopez

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

John W. Hill

Second Advisor

Peter J. Smith

Third Advisor

Neal F. Grandgenett


This study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of a combination regular classroom reading and reading reteaching approach to teaching reading to pre-literate 3rd-grade students who were determined to be below proficient readers (n = 14) compared to the effectiveness of regular classroom reading instruction alone provided to 3rd-grade readers ( n = 14) determined to have barely proficient pre-literate skills. Barely proficient and below proficient reading level designations were determined by psychometrically derived cutscores developed in order to minimize classification error. This study found that although students on both sides of the cutscore made achievement gains in reading, gains were not all statistically significant and the students determined to be barely proficient receiving regular classroom reading instruction alone experienced greater reading achievement progress than their peers who were determined to be below proficient and received reading reteaching in addition to regular classroom reading instruction. With additional research in effective reading strategies, evaluation of the effectiveness of building level programs, additional individualized reading instructional support, and one robust reading intervention, not two separate activities--regular classroom reading plus reading reteaching--for students correctly identified as below proficient, consistent gains should be expected.


Department formerly called Educational Administration and Supervision.

A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College of the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Doctor of Education In Educational Administration.

Copyright 2008 Jon T. Lopez.