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ERIC Number: ED564362
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 38
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
Middle School Mathematics: 2006-07 to 2008-09. Impact Evaluation. E&R Report No. 10.11
Paeplow, Colleen
Wake County Public School System
In 2006-07, seven Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) middle schools piloted Algebraic Thinking as an alternate approach to teaching middle school mathematics. Algebraic Thinking was developed to help students in grade 6 reach higher mathematics courses by combining the regular and advanced middle school mathematics courses into one heterogeneously grouped class and differentiating instruction. Of the 1,493 grade 6 students enrolled in one of the five pilot schools, 1,087 were still enrolled in Algebraic Thinking in 2008-09 and were therefore included in the study. A comparison cohort of 1,078 grade 6 students enrolled from 2006-07 to 2008-09 was selected from five matched schools. While both cohorts of students improved academically, overall findings suggest that participation in Algebraic Thinking did not have a greater positive impact on students' mathematics achievement as measured by EOG proficiency or growth. However, a significantly higher percentage of Algebra I students at the Algebraic Thinking schools met their Algebra I growth target. The following appendices are included: (1) Grade 9 Mathematics Courses Students Enrolled in 2006-07, 2007-08, and 2008-09 at Algebraic Thinking and Comparison Schools; (2) Percentage of Algebraic Thinking and Comparison Cohort Students Enrolled in Algebraic Thinking III, 8th Grade Math Plus, or 8th Grade Math by Grade 9 Mathematics Courses; and (3) Grade 9 Mathematics Courses Students Enrolled in 2006-07, 2007-08, and 2008-09 at Algebraic Thinking Schools.
Wake County Public School System. 5625 Dillard Drive, Cary, NC 27518. Tel: 919-431-7215; Fax: 919-431-7193; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Middle Schools; Junior High Schools; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 9; High Schools; Grade 8; Grade 7
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), Evaluation and Research Department
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina