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M.A. in Educational Leadership


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Johnson, Ted


English language--Composition and exercises--Study and teaching (Elementary); Fourth grade (Education); Mathematics--Study and teaching (Elementary)


Educational Leadership


The purpose of this study was to determine whether or not two new programs created for Bellmawr Park School would be effective in raising scores in the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) test for fourth grade students. This research provided a pre and posttest for 62 fourth grade students in the 2003-04 academic school year. The tests included a brief open-ended Language Arts writing picture prompt and a Math problem-solving open-ended question. Both tests were scored using rubrics created by the New Jersey Department of Education, and the results were compared based on means, medians and modes to obtain individual class scores for each area, as well as all of the fourth grade students. Based on the findings, each individual class improved in both the Language Arts and Math tests, and had their average rubric score raised at least one point. This indicated that progress was made and the writing and problem-solving classes impacted on test performance.