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ERIC Number: ED515877
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Saxon Math. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"Saxon Math" is a textbook series covering grades K-12 based on incremental development and continual review of mathematical concepts to give students time to learn and practice concepts throughout the year. A distinguishing feature of "Saxon Math" is its use of a distributed approach--spreading practice and instruction for any single math content strand across the course of the entire instructional year--as opposed to a chapter-based approach for instruction and assessment. The program is built on the premise that students learn best when instruction is incremental and explicit, previously learned concepts are continually reviewed, and assessment is frequent and cumulative. At each grade level, math concepts are introduced, reviewed, and practiced over time in order to move students from understanding to fluency. The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) High School Math topic area reviewed eight studies on "Saxon Math". One of these studies meets WWC evidence standards with reservations; the remaining seven studies do not meet either WWC evidence standards or eligibility screens. Based on the one study, the WWC found no discernible effects on math achievement for high school students. The conclusions presented in this report may change as new research emerges. Appendices include: (1) Study characteristics: Abrams, 1989; (2) Outcome measures for the math achievement domain; (3) Summary of study findings included in the rating for the math achievement domain; (4) Summary of subtest findings for the math achievement domain; (5) "Saxon Math" rating for the math achievement domain; and (6) Extent of evidence by domain. (Contains 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Colorado