DSU student’s research presented at S.D. State Capitol

Ashley Wiley, a Dakota State University senior pursuing a degree in elementary education, presented her research at the 2014 Student Research Poster Session in the State Capitol Rotunda in Pierre, S.D., in March. Thirteen undergraduate students from S.D. colleges and universities brought their research work to present to state lawmakers and the public.

Wiley’s poster research topic was “Reading Comprehension in Third Grade.”

“Reading comprehension is the foundation for understanding in all content areas, making it vital to a student’s success,” stated Wiley. “With the current focus on Common Core standards and the push for all students to be proficient or advanced readers, it is not enough for a student to simply read fluently, they must also comprehend what is being read.”

Wiley’s research continues to state that comprehension is not a skill that comes naturally to all readers, and to comprehend, students must know and apply multiple tactics and strategies.

“Thus, the goal of this research project was to enhance the reading skills of approximately 80 third-grade students by teaching specific reading comprehension strategies,” stated Wiley.

This was the 17th year for the poster session, which features students from public, private, and tribal colleges. To view more about this year’s poster session, go to http://www.sdbor.edu/services/research/documents/PosterSessionBooklet_2014.pdf.


Ashley Wiley of Dakota State University explains her research on third-grade reading comprehension to Rep. Scott Parsley, Madison, at the 2014 Student Research Poster Session in Pierre.


Last Updated: 4/30/14