This detailed analysis will statistically show you how use of MathScore
can substantially increase test scores in your school. A game plan for
current customers appears at the bottom.
In the 2005-2006 school year, Bishop Elementary heavily used MathScore.com
in their 4th and 5th grades.
MathScore was also used to a lesser degree with 2nd grade.
On the California 2006 STAR test, Bishop showed a proficiency improvement in
2nd, 4th, and 5th grade. Compared to the previous year's 2nd, 4th, and 5th
grade classes, the percentage of students proficient in those grades rose
by 7%, 6%, and 10% respectively, catapulting overall schoolwide proficiency
Looking at the graph to the left, you can see that math test scores had been
quite stable until 2006, when MathScore.com was used. So for this school, the
5% increase in proficiency is big news.
We conducted an analysis of the 5th graders at Bishop Elementary. We got
permission to share this analysis with you, with student names replaced by
numbers for the sake of anonymity. This Excel spreadsheet contains each child's 4th grade STAR results compared
to 5th grade STAR results.
For those of you who not located in California, STAR
test scores range from 150-600 points. Proficiency levels work this way:
- 1 - Far below basic
- 2 - Below basic
- 3 - Basic
- 4 - Proficient
- 5 - Advanced
Observation #1 (if you have Excel, view this before proceeding)
Student users who were already proficient or advanced as 4th graders
showed exceptional gains on the STAR test as 5th graders.
- The average proficient student gained 57.7 points.
- The average advanced student gained 75.7 points.
- 50% of the proficient students (8 out of 16) moved up to advanced.
- 100% of the proficient and advanced students maintained or improved
their proficiency level.
Game Plan Part 1
Absolutely make sure your proficient and advanced students use MathScore on a
consistent basis. We recommend 1 hour per week, but 30 minutes is acceptable.
Do not make the mistake of using MathScore just for remediation. The most
expensive hit against test scores is when a proficient student drops below
grade level, and statistics show that MathScore students are highly unlikely
to drop below grade level.
Regardless of proficiency level, there is a clear and obvious correlation
between time spent using MathScore and increase in test scores. The Excel
spreadsheet has a separate worksheet showing this correlation, so make sure
you click on it.
Game Plan Part 2
Set a goal for every child to log 20 hours of time spent on MathScore.com over
the course of one school year. If you consistently get each student on
MathScore for one hour per week, this goal is reachable.
Make a concerted effort to monitor student usage with your teacher and admin
accounts. Using the activity summary feature, you can view time spent for
any time period in a matter of seconds. Halfway through the school year,
check to see if most of your students have put in 10 hours of time spent.
These results are easily duplicatable in your own school. These statistics
for the entire 5th grade at Bishop are in line with the results of our
original pilot program, conducted with one 5th grade class at Bishop in 2005.
In the pilot program, the
average child gained 39 points on the STAR test, compared with an average 26
point gain in the other two classes. In 2006, with the same exact teachers
all using MathScore, the average child gained 37 points, and
the percentage of 5th graders scoring proficient jumped from 34% proficient
as 4th graders to 53% proficient as 5th graders.
These results are for students who used MathScore for the first time. We
expect compounded benefits with multiple years of use of MathScore.
Game Plan Part 3
Steps to Success
If you are currently a school customer,
please share these findings with your staff and implement our game plan.
- Make sure every student scores 100 on Copy Cat.
- Make sure every student master his math facts, especially by reaching a rating of 100 on Fast Multiplication.
- Have your students work on whatever topics you recommend.
- Encourage students to use MathScore from home.
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