ERIC Number: ED353134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Reading and Math Programs: Evaluation Study of the Curriculum System. Greater Lawrence Technical School.
Merrimack Education Center, Chelmsford, MA.
Each year at the Greater Lawrence Technical School (Massachusetts), students are identified who lack the necessary basic skills to successfully complete a typical high school program. This problem led to the development of an alternative instructional program designed to accomplish remediation in the basic skills using computer-based instruction. The Greater Lawrence program is designed to promote and foster individual, independent growth and skill accomplishment for secondary students in the skills of mathematics and reading. The purpose of this study was to evaluate and review the appropriateness of the reading and math program in terms of its impact on the reading or math scores for those students assigned to the developmental skills lab. The study was conducted to determine the extent to which the degree of use of the computer-based instructional program affected groups of students on standardized achievement measures. Progress for each student was calculated on a pre-post test gain basis. The mean normal curve equivalent gains on reading comprehension and mathematics from pretest to posttest was statistically significant. This alternative supplementary approach to provide reading and mathematics instruction at the secondary level demonstrates improvement in relevant test scores on standardized achievement tests. Particularly positive were the mathematics achievement gains. This report provides the results of the program's evaluation. (Contains over 50 references.) (Author/MDH)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Computer Assisted Instruction, High Schools, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Tests, Nontraditional Education, Program Evaluation, Reading Achievement, Reading Improvement, Reading Instruction, Reading Skills, Remedial Programs, Standardized Tests
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational-Technical School, Andover, MA.
Authoring Institution: Merrimack Education Center, Chelmsford, MA.
Identifiers: IDEAL Curriculum and Computer System; Stanford Diagnostic Mathematics Test; Stanford Diagnostic Reading Test