Date Approved

5-31-2005

Embargo Period

4-19-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Capasso, Ronald

Subject(s)

Education, Elementary--Curricula; Mathematics--Study and teaching (Elementary)

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Upper Deerfield Township School District's new math programs to determine if the standards-based curriculum purchased three years ago has had an impact on standardized test scores. The district's ESPA/NJ ASK and GEPA standardized test scores in math from 2002, 2003, and 2004 were analyzed and six teachers were interviewed to determine if there was a correlation between hands-on instruction and higher student achievement on standardized tests. While the number of students who were proficient/advanced proficient in mathematics gradually increased for both grade levels during the specified testing years for this study, a closer look revealed the district's fourth grade students scored below the state mean in all the clusters whereas the eighth graders improved significantly during the three testing years used for this study.

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