ERIC Number: ED117142
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Mathematics Component of the Minneapolis Schools' 1973-74 Emergency School Aid Act Project. An Evaluation.
Higgins, Paul S.
The Emergency School Aid Act (ESAA) Math Component was designed to improve mastery of math basic skills among the lowest achieving math students in 8 desegregating public junior high schools, junior-high-level grades in 6 nonpublic schools, and the ninth grade in one public high school. The Math Component consisted of 25 teacher aides, a part-time Math Coordinator, a curriculum of workbooks and tests of the Mathematics Basic Skills Development Project (MBSDP). The Math Component not only met, but surpassed its two objectives for mastery gain among remedial students. Objective I required 50 percent of ESAA students to maintain or improve their relative standing (percentile) among same-grade peers from fall to spring on the Minneapolis Arithmetic Computation Test (MACT). About two-thirds of the students met this objective, and therefore had a spring percentile rank which was the same as, or higher than, their fall rank. The interpretation of these MACT gains is, however, clouded by a possible regression artifact. Objective II required 50 percent of the students to earn "Mastery-Gain Points" on MBSDP units at the rate of 40 per year. Again, two-thirds of the students met this objective. Recommendations for program improvement included: (a) a more efficient system for MBSDP materials distribution; (b) a formal commitment by participating schools to use ESAA aides, to use MBSDP materials, and to organize participating teachers and staff; (c) a full-time coordinator; and (d) careful planning to avoid unintended overrepresentation of racial minorities in the ESSA Math Component. (Author/DEP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minneapolis Public Schools, Minn. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota (Minneapolis)