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ERIC Number: EJ954193
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0730-8639
An Investigation of the Effectiveness of Reform Mathematics Curricula Analyzed by Ethnicity, Socio-Economic Status, and Limited English Proficiency
Vega, Tina; Travis, Betty
Mathematics and Computer Education, v45 n1 p10-16 Win 2011
Progress in secondary education today is measured primarily through high stakes testing administered on a state-by-state basis. While states may require a common assessment instrument, how the objectives are to be taught, however, is generally up to the schools. This results in debates among educators as to the best curricula for all students. Although there are many different teaching styles, this article focuses on two approaches to teaching mathematics in the secondary classroom commonly referred to as "traditional" and "reform" and the impact of the curriculum on student achievement analyzed by ethnicity, socio-economic status (SES), and limited English proficiency (LEP). The research focuses on determining the efficacy and effectiveness of reform mathematics curricula by analyzing Texas high school mathematics Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) scores and using those scores to establish if any trends demonstrate student improvement compared to students taught in a more traditionally-based classroom. Namely, 9th grade Limited English Proficient students, 9th grade Economically Disadvantaged students, and 11th grade African American students who were reform-taught in the years 2003-2004 were found to outperform those traditionally taught. With the exception of these subcategories, this study concludes that there was not enough evidence to claim that students taught via reform mathematics curricula had greater mathematical understanding as measured by the state assessment instrument. The data might also suggest an advantage to some populations that were traditionally taught but this would require further statistical review. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 9; High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas