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ERIC Number: ED562175
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
Efficacy Study of a Pre-Algebra Supplemental Program in Rural Mississippi: Preliminary Findings
Clark, Tedra F.; Arens, Sheila A.; Stewart, Joshua
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
Mastering mathematics is important for all students, not only because such success increases college and career options and prospects for future income, but also because mathematics literacy helps citizens and policy leaders to make sound judgments (NMAP, 2008). Research suggests that the rural achievement gap can be addressed with modifiable school-based strategies that increase students' opportunity to learn. Therefore, even though rural students lag behind in mathematics, it is likely that their achievement can be increased by providing additional resources. Given this assumption, the authors sought to understand whether a low-cost supplemental program could result in increases in student learning. "Every Day Counts Algebra Readiness" ("EDC Algebra Readiness") is a resource developed to improve the mathematics proficiency of middle school students and help prepare them for success in high school algebra. The program is a supplemental curriculum for use in the first 10-15 minutes of class, focusing on the most important pre-algebra concepts. This experimental efficacy study examines the impact of "EDC Algebra Readiness" on the algebra readiness of 7th grade students in rural schools in Mississippi. The study also examines the program's impact on the Algebra I achievement of these students, as measured by results on the state's end-of-course test. Table 1 is appended.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 7; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi