ERIC Number: ED225833
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Fifth Grade Evaluation: Volume I, Summary. Evaluation Report 7-B-1. Extended Pilot Trial of the Comprehensive School Mathematics Program.
The Comprehensive School Mathematics Program (CSMP) is a program of CEMREL, Inc., one of the national educational laboratories, and was funded by the National Institute of Education (NIE). Its major purpose is the development of curriculum materials for grades kindergarten through 6. In the spring of 1980, a series of mathematics tests was administered to fifth-grade classes. Thirty-one CSMP groups and 25 non-CSMP classes were chosen. The main finding is that CSMP classes demonstrated clear superiority over non-CSMP classes in many mathematical thinking areas as assessed by specific tests. Particular examples included calculation in mental arithmetic and estimation, elucidation, and number relationships, as well as in fractions, decimals, and negative numbers. Gains are seen as made without corresponding score decreases in more traditional instruction areas. Teachers' approval of CSMP and reasonably faithful implementation appeared to result in improvement in some areas, with a possible cost in computation that is often made up with teacher supplementation. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: CEMREL, Inc., St. Louis, MO.