ERIC Number: ED432646
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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The National Evaluation of Project SEED in Five School Districts 1997-1998.
Webster, William J.
This study reports the results of the implementation of Project SEED, a mathematics program for urban elementary school students, in five urban districts: Camden (New Jersey); Dallas (Texas); Detroit (Michigan); Indianapolis (Indiana); and the West Contra Costa Unified School District in Richmond and San Pablo (California). Students exposed to at least 14 weeks of SEED instruction were compared with matched groups. Across the five districts, SEED students scored significantly better than non-SEED students on a test of algebraic concepts and in 21 of 23 statistical comparisons on 5 norm-referenced achievement analyses. Principals, teachers, students, and parents associated with the SEED program all responded positively to questionnaires about SEED. SEED instruction was generally seen to be very effective, accompanied by high rates of student participation and enthusiasm. Among the outcomes noted were increased student interest in mathematics, improved critical thinking and problem-solving skills, increased student motivation to learn, increased student self-confidence, and better understanding of mathematics. Results were very consistent across the five school districts. Six appendixes contain sample items from the algebra test results and results from the student, teacher, parent, and principal surveys. (Contains 15 tables and 11 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
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What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Does Not Meet Evidence Standards
WWC Study Page: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/study/70469
IES Cited: ED530318