ERIC Number: ED412323
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
MathWings. Early Indicators of Effectiveness. Report No. 17.
Madden, Nancy A.; Slavin, Robert E.; Simons, Kathleen
Constructivist approaches to mathematics instruction based on the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) have been widely advocated and are expanding in use. However, many educators express a need for constructivist approaches that provide specific student materials, assessments, teachers' manuals, professional development, and other supports to enable a broad range of teachers to succeed with a broad range of children. MathWings, part of a comprehensive school reform effort funded by New American Schools, was designed to accomplish this goal. In grades 3 through 5, MathWings provides a practical, comprehensive approach based on the NCTM standards. Three evaluations have examined the impact of MathWings. One, involving four rural Maryland schools, found substantially greater gains on the mathematics sections of the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program for MathWings students than for the rest of the state. The four pilot schools, which were more impoverished than schools in the state as a whole, started far below state averages, but ended up above the state average. The second study, in one urban school in San Antonio (Texas), also found substantial gains on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills math scale in grades 3 through 5 from the year before the program began to the end of the first implementation year. The third study found substantial gains on the California Test of Basic Skills mathematics concepts and applications scale for grades 4 and 5, but not 3, in a Palm Beach County (Florida) school. An appendix contains sample MathWings curriculum and assessment materials. (Contains 4 figures and 21 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed At Risk, Baltimore, MD.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: California Test of Basic Skills