ERIC Number: ED445054
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Problem Solving within a Changing Indiana State Testing Program.
Costello, Ronald W.; Chapin, Daniel W.
This paper describes the approaches taken at a middle school to improve student problem solving ability and test results for the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress (ISTEP) mathematics tests. The focus was on grade 6. In 1996, 35% of the 437 students in grade 6 did not master the mathematics problem solving skill. A committee of teachers from various disciplines identified what could be done and how to do it to help students improve their problem solving and critical thinking skills. Posters were designed and posted in classrooms and teachers were encouraged to refer students to them as they worked to solve problems. Resource materials for teachers were collected and distributed as kits for classroom use. Interdisciplinary teams developed problem solving sessions that required students to think about real-world problems and demonstrate their ability to solve these problems. In the 1996-1997 school year, 69% of students met the Mathematics Proficiency standard, and when these students were tested in grade 8, 76% met the standard. Results on a local problem solving showed continual improvement at each spring and fall assessment. Increases were also apparent in student achievement on the ISTEP test with a substantial improvement from fall 1997 to 1999. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana