An investigation of the impact of SuccessMaker on reading and math achievement at an elementary school
Amy Patrice Gee, Northcentral University, United States
Northcentral University . Awarded
The purpose of this causal-comparative study was to explore the impact that SuccessMaker, a drill and instruction software program, had on reading and math achievement at an elementary school during 2005-06 and 2006-07 school years. Third grade students who had completed 2 years in the software program during 2005-2007 were studied. Data were gathered during these 2 years. The population consisted of 90 students who were assigned coursework in Reader's Workshop and Math Concepts and Skills. Measures of central tendency and chi-square tests were utilized to analyze these data.
The investigation of the impact of SuccessMaker on reading and math achievement could assist educators in planning for technology purchases and usage in traditional classrooms. Even though the information attained from this study is beneficial to Kanoheda Elementary School, other schools seeking information on the relationship between SuccessMaker and math and reading achievement will find this study instructive.
Findings in the study were consistent with the claims made by Pearson (2005), the developers of SuccessMaker. SuccessMaker was found to be a positive factor in reading and math achievement among elementary school children.
Gee, A.P. An investigation of the impact of SuccessMaker on reading and math achievement at an elementary school. Ph.D. thesis, Northcentral University.
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