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ERIC Number: ED538425
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May-10
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Effectiveness of MAP Goal Setting on Reading for Middle School
Empirical Education Inc.
Student goal setting and academic planning has been a major focus for PUSD, with the aim of increasing the level of student engagement and student ownership over their learning. Goal setting has been implemented in conjunction with the Northwest Evaluation Association's Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) tests, which provide educators with a tool for assessing student growth and learning. Combining goal setting with MAP assessment data allows both teachers and students to translate the raw data from students' assessments into actionable plans for instruction and academic goal setting. Though first implemented in 2003, this is the first study of "MAP Student Goal Setting and Academic Planning" in PUSD and was based on data in grades 3-5 from years 2007-2009. The study addressed the question: Has "MAP Student Goal Setting and Academic Planning" had a positive impact on overall elementary school student literacy scores throughout the district? This quasi-experimental study used a comparison group design, where the effectiveness of "MAP Student Goal Setting and Academic Planning" was tested by comparing achievement for students who used MAP Goal Setting to achievement of students who did not use MAP Goal Setting. The results of this study suggest that "MAP Student Goal Setting and Academic Planning" may have a positive impact on CST English Language Arts achievement. The fact that the effect cannot be established with confidence for the 4th and 5th grade students may be due to the small sample size. PUSD plans to continue studying the effectiveness of "MAP Student Goal Setting and Academic Planning" in the district. A follow-up study is planned in order to factor in a larger sample of teachers and students. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Empirical Education Inc.
Identifiers - Location: California