Date of Conferral

2017

Degree

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

School

Education

Advisor

Dannett Babb

Abstract

Many elementary students read below grade level, resulting in an inability to meet expectations on state testing. Epstein and other researchers theorized 3 influential factors that work together to help students achieve higher levels of attainmentâ??home, school, and community. Studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of Epstein's Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork interactive homework (IH) to promote parent-child communication during learning interactions at home for students in language arts in Grades 6-8; however, there is little information on the effects of IH on reading achievement for elementary students. The purpose of this quasi-experimental study was to examine the effect IH has on reading achievement. Third grade students at a school in Georgia participated in IH (n = 18) and non-IH (n = 27) groups over a 9-week period. Reading achievement was measured by comparing standardized pre- and posttests. An analysis of covariance was used to analyze the interval-level pre- and posttest results while controlling for preexisting differences between the treatment and control group. The adjusted mean difference between the groups was not statistically significant. A white paper that discussed the results of the study and recommended further study of IH with incentives to increase participation was the project deliverable. Although findings were not significant, this study may contribute to social change by encouraging dialogue about using and constructing methods that could promote increased reading achievement in the elementary setting, provided adequate student participation.