Title page for ETD etd-07022012-112838

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Stovall, Ni'Shawn Leneigh
Author's Email Address nstova1@lsu.edu, leneigh04@aol.com
URN etd-07022012-112838
Title A Study of Measurement in the Algebra I Classroom
Degree Master of Natural Sciences (M.N.S.)
Department Natural Sciences (Interdepartmental Program)
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Madden, James Committee Chair
Harhad, Ameziane Committee Member
Meyinsse, Joseph Committee Member
  • Measurement
  • Algebra I
Date of Defense 2012-06-22
Availability unrestricted

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. Studentsí 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.

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