Description of Program. designed to enrich mathematics learning experience through self-paced activities and opportunities for student collaborationties in with Illinois Learning Standardscomputer-based assignment and test generatorkeeps detailed records of student achievementpersonalizes the learning experienceprovides a variety of records for students, teachers, parents.
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1. Accelerated Math Program Evaluation at St. John Fisher School Presented by
2. Description of Program designed to enrich mathematics learning experience through self-paced activities and opportunities for student collaboration
ties in with Illinois Learning Standards
computer-based assignment and test generator
keeps detailed records of student achievement
personalizes the learning experience
provides a variety of records for students, teachers, parents
5. Evaluation Questions How does the program improve the learning environment for students and their confidence in mastering mathematical concepts?
To what extent does the program foster individual learning and progressing at one's own pace?
How do teachers feel the program helps or hinders their effectiveness?
What is causing the resistance among some teachers, and can this be remedied? If so, how?
How does the Accelerated Math Program complement the existing mathematics curriculum?
6. Instruments Online student survey
Online parent survey
Student focus group
7. Online Student Survey Participation was requested from all students in grades 5-8 (280 students).
Response rate: Approximately 75%
Surveys were completed in the computer lab during school time.
8. Online Parent Survey Participation was requested from all parents of students in grades 5-8
Response rate: Poor, with only 30 respondents (11%)
9. Focus Group Selected from 8th grade class
Goal - verbal students representative of various achievement levels
10 students actually participated
10. Teacher Interview All math teachers were requested to participate in a short, private interview.
All participated, and were very candid in answering questions.
11. Classroom Observation Conducted in one class of each grade 1st through 8th
Students and teachers were cooperative
12. Data Analysis SurveyMonkey used to collect data
Quantitative data analyzed using MS Excel
Qualitative data presented in narrative form (focus group, teacher interview, classroom observation, open-ended survey questions)
13. Results from Students Less than 10% of students don’t like the program
About half consider it their favorite math activity
14. 8th Grade Opinion of Accelerated Math
15. Most students prefer working at their own pace.
16. Students enjoy the immediate feedback.
17. Parents felt the program helped their children’s achievement.
18. Qualitative Results Mostly positive from students, parents, and teachers
Some negative responses
19. "I love working together with students on Accelerated Math. I learn a lot from other students about tricks that they have learned to help them solve problems.” an 8th grade student
20. “I personally like it because if I'm learning something faster than others I can go ahead and if I'm learning something slower I can just take my time, and not feel pressure of holding up the class.” an 8th grade student
21. "It is fun talking with groups or the kids at your table but as far as concentrating, that's complicated.” an 8th grade student
22. Teacher Observation and Interview Effective use of program improves over time
Parent volunteers are valuable
Classrooms usually appeared well-managed, but classroom management seemed to be an issue
Bubbling problems with younger students
Some technical difficulties experienced
Student interaction not always permitted
23. Parent volunteers are helpful with younger students.
24. Students are enthusiastic.
25. Some teachers require students to work independently.
26. Classroom management was a concern.
27. Recommendations Ongoing teacher training on more advanced technical issues
Development of classroom management strategies to implement cooperative learning opportunities
Better use of parent volunteers
Peer mentoring program for teachers
Improve communication with parents
28. Results of this evaluation will be presented to stakeholders in December.