The Value of a Professional Learning Community Model in Improving Primary Students Reading Achievement and Teachers Interest in Data Driven Decision Making

Date of Award


Document Type

Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Educational Leadership


First grade literacy data at Dirigo Elementary School in Peru, Maine, shows a dramatic decline in reading achievement over the past five years. Through research on literacy and the Professional Learning Communities (PLC), we have created a team of invested educators to teach reading utilizing the PLC model. The team examined the effects on student literacy achievement using the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA). Our research showed 57% of students made the midyear benchmark. This is an increase of 23% from the previous year. We have determined that the PLC model is a positive addition to our literacy instruction.


Affiliation: Maine Regional School Unit 10