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ERIC Number: EJ978876
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8251
Effects of a Teacher Professional Development Program on the Mathematics Achievement of Middle School Students
Sample McMeeking, Laura B.; Orsi, Rebecca; Cobb, R. Brian
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, v43 n2 p159-181 Mar 2012
The effect of a 15- to 24-month in-service professional development (PD) program on state accountability mathematics test scores for middle school students was examined using a quasi-experimental design. Middle level mathematics teachers (n = 128) from 7 school districts and 64 middle schools volunteered for a PD sequence of content-oriented summer courses and pedagogy-oriented structured follow-up experiences during the subsequent academic year. Student effects of the PD program were measured using Colorado's state mathematics test results for 2 cohorts of students: 1 that received mathematics instruction from participant teachers in the year prior to the PD and another cohort that received mathematics instruction in the year following the PD. The odds of a student achieving a Proficient or Advanced score on the state test were then compared between cohorts. Results showed that student' odds of achieving a score of Proficient or better increased with teacher participation in the PD program. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
IES Cited: ED544681