The effects of looping on students who demonstrate at-risk characteristics

The purpose of this study was to find the effects of Looping on students who are at-risk. Looping is a teaching method where the teacher moves through at least two grade levels with the same students. The study was performed at an elementary school in San Diego. The students examined displayed at least one atrisk characteristic, whether it was being from a low socio-economic background or having limited English proficiency. For the qualitative part of the study, the researcher provided surveys for both the students and parents of a looping classroom. For the quantitative part of the study, the researcher compared the students' growth in Measures of Academic Progress ("MAP") testing with other students in non-looping classrooms. Results from the survey showed that both parents and students were pleased with having the same teacher and classmates for a second year. It alleviated anxiety for all three parties. The quantitative data showed the looping classroom having a higher average growth in comparison to the non-looping classrooms. The average percentage growth of English Language Learners and academic sub groups in the looping classroom was also higher than the nonlooping classrooms. Key Words: Looping, At-Risk, English Language Learner.n.