ERIC Number: ED429575
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
West Virginia Story: Achievement Gains from a Statewide Comprehensive Instructional Technology Program.
Mann, Dale; Shakeshaft, Charol; Becker, Jonathan; Kottkamp, Robert
This report describes West Virginia's Basic Skills/Computer Education (BS/CE) program and connects its features to gains in student test scores that are practically and statistically significant. The program consists of three components: (1) software that focuses on the state's basic skills goals in reading, language arts, and mathematics; (2) enough computers in the schools so that all students will be able to have easy and regular access to the basic skills software; and (3) professional development for teachers in the use of the software and the use of computers in general. Data were collected from all fifth graders (n=950) in 18 elementary schools selected to represent the range of variables that might influence technology use and student achievement. Survey data were also collected from 290 teachers. Results were analyzed using a model that includes access to software and computers, attitudes toward technology, and teacher training and involvement. The relationship of BS/CE to student achievement, as measured by the Stanford-9 achievement test, is examined. Findings suggest that the BS/CE program had a powerfully positive effect, especially in those schools that used it most intensively. Ten figures and tables illustrate findings. (AEF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Computers, Achievement Gains, Achievement Tests, Basic Skills, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Attitudes, Computer Literacy, Computer Software, Educational Policy, Educational Technology, Faculty Development, Grade 5, Intermediate Grades, Models, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Scores, Skill Development, State Programs, Student Surveys, Tables (Data), Teacher Surveys, Technology Integration, Training
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Milken Family Foundation, Beverly Hills, CA.; West Virginia State Dept. of Education, Charleston.
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Stanford Achievement Tests