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ERIC Number: ED551409
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 139
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2678-3356-3
A Study of Elementary Students' Use of a Technology Program and Their Performance on a Standardized Test
Washington, Tina Marie Oubre
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of the SuccessMaker (SM) program along with teacher instruction and skill development on the academic performance of fourth grade students. School personnel are searching for efficient and effective means for improving instruction and knowledge. Instructional technology can be very beneficial to improving student achievement. With this awareness and the demands to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), caused by No Child Left Behind, schools and districts have increased the pressure to find instructional technology applications that advance student learning. Fourth grade students from an elementary school in South Carolina who completed the SM program in the 2009-10 school year were studied. Data was gathered from this year. Descriptive statistics and independent samples t-test were utilized to analyze this data. The population consisted of 90 students who were assigned to coursework in the Reader's Workshop (RW) and Math Concepts and Skills (MCS) courseware in SM. Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS), the state-mandated measurement of AYP, was utilized to measure achievement. A quantitative research method with a simple descriptive research design was employed to answer the research questions and test the hypotheses. The first research question focused on time in the program. The second and third questions examined the combined effects of both RW and MCS on achievement scores. Findings indicated that students who maintained the performance level in SM with 65% or higher for reading and 90% or higher for mathematics scored significantly higher on PASS when compared to students who performed 64% or lower and 89% or lower. However, time in the SM program was not effective in showing an increase in PASS test scores.. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina