Identifier

etd-07022012-112838

Degree

Master of Natural Sciences (MNS)

Department

Natural Sciences (Interdepartmental Program)

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

ABSTRACT The purpose of this research was to supplement and reorganize the existing Unit 7: Measurement of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System Comprehensive Curriculum (EBRCC) to improve student performance. To restructure the unit, I analyzed the Measurement Standards outlined in both the Common Core Standards and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. I also studied the existing structure of the unit to reorganize the topics in a manner that is more succinct and effective in promoting student learning. In addition to reorganizing the unit, I also implemented my own supplements over the three week period. To determine if the supplements I introduced and the changes I made were effective, I gathered and reviewed student data, including performance on a benchmark assessment, student responses to open-ended questions about the subject matter, and pre- and post- assessments involving student scripts on the key ideas the unit. The analysis of the pre- and post-assessments demonstrate that there were considerable advantages to the changes I made. Students’ scores showed an overall average learning gain of 111.5% on the post-assessment. Seventy percent of my students scored proficient or above on the Edusoft Benchmark assessment, which is 23% higher than that of the students that I taught last year. This was also approximately 38% higher than the percent of students scoring proficient or above in other Algebra I classes at my school this year.

Date

2012

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

Madden, James

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