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ERIC Number: ED531792
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
The Center for Learning Technologies in Urban Schools (LeTUS) Program[R]. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
The "LeTUS" program is a three-year, project-based, technology-integrated middle school science curriculum for grades 6-8. The "LeTUS" program is composed of multiple units, each lasting between eight and ten weeks. Topics include global warming, water and air quality, force and motion, communicable diseases, and ecological systems. The units are designed around projects through which students learn science by conducting scientific investigations and using interactive computer software along with scientific visualization and graphing tools. Each unit stresses inquiry, student collaboration, and the use of computing and communications technologies. The sequence of units can be used in different ways, depending on standards and curriculum requirements; for example, teachers can use units at grade levels other than those suggested. Each unit can also be used independently when inserted into a different curricular context. The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) identified five studies of "LeTUS" for middle school students that were published or released between 1990 and 2011. One study is within the scope of the Science review protocol but does not meet WWC evidence standards. This study uses a quasi-experimental design but does not establish that the comparison group was comparable to the treatment group prior to the start of the intervention. Two studies are out of the scope of the Science review protocol because they have an ineligible study design; they do not use a comparison group design. Two studies are out of the scope of the Science review protocol for reasons other than study design; they do not include an eligible science outcome. A glossary of terms is included. (Contains 2 endnotes and 1 additional source.)
What Works Clearinghouse. P.O. Box 2393, Princeton, NJ 08543-2393. Tel: 866-503-6114; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
IES Funded: Yes