Date of Award

8-2001

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Education (M.Ed.)

Department

College of Education

Abstract

Middle school mathematics instruction is in need of reform. In response to this call for reform, school districts across the country are adopting curriculum based on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards.

This thesis studies the impact of the use of a reform curriculum on student achievement. The study looks at two districts in Western Michigan, one of which uses a reform curriculum and one that uses a traditional curriculum. The study compares the results of the districts on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program mathematics assessment to determine if students using the reformed curriculum materials scored significantly higher than students using the traditional materials did. The study found that the use of reform curricular materials led to no significant increase in student achievement as measured by this assessment.

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