Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Shirley Mills

Second Advisor

Dr. Rosalinda Hernandez

Third Advisor

Dr. Jerry Lowe


The purpose of this study was to compare the reading performances of third grade students in Texas Reading First Initiative participating and non-participating campuses. Additionally, comparisons were made on third grade reading TAKS campus performance based on three Texas Education Agency textbook supported adoptions. Furthermore, campus TAKS reading performance was compared based on curricula and reading textbooks. Lastly, an examination of the participating and non-participating campus TAKS reading results and teacher interviews were described. The three textbook adoptions used during the Texas Reading First Initiative produced the same results. The campuses that did not participate in Reading First outperformed Texas Reading First campuses on the third grade TAKS reading test. However, combining the program with the textbook adoptions produced the same results. Teachers’ perceptions were positive in both participating and non-participating campuses. However, teachers wished that textbook reading adoptions were updated more frequently to meet the needs of students and the evolving high stakes testing standards.


Copyright 2011 Erica Briana Guerra. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American