The effects of the Delaware Challenge Grant Program on the standardized reading and mathematics test scores of second and third graders in the Caesar Rodney School District
Joseph H. Birch, Wilmington College , United States
Wilmington College . Awarded
The effect of the Delaware Challenge Grant on achievement scores was the focus of this investigation. The Delaware Challenge Grant was a technology grant that put computer software in the schools and homes of students at W. B. Simpson Elementary School. The goals of the program were to increase academic learning, increase parental involvement, provide professional development for teachers, and provide equitable access to computer software. This study used a pretest/posttest non-equivalent control group design to determine whether the Delaware Challenge Grant Project had an effect on the reading and mathematics achievement scores of second and third-grade students in the W. B. Simpson Elementary School. Students in the treatment and non-treatment groups were given a pretest and a posttest in the first and second year of the study. The statistical analysis of the results included descriptive statistics, two sample t-tests and ANCOVA. The results of the ANCOVA suggested that there was a significant improvement in test scores in the students who received the treatment. In fact in five out of the six subtests given over the two-year period the group that participated in the Delaware Challenge Grant Project achieved an increase in test scores, which significantly exceeded those of a control group.
Birch, J.H. The effects of the Delaware Challenge Grant Program on the standardized reading and mathematics test scores of second and third graders in the Caesar Rodney School District. Ph.D. thesis, Wilmington College.
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