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Boosts Math Skills, Study Reveals
, November 1, 2006 -- As
little as one extra hour of computer-assisted instruction a week can raise
students' math scores.
This was the conclusion of the study performed Dr. John Ash,
Ph.D., titled "The Effects of Computer-Assisted Instruction on Middle
School Mathematics Achievement," in which he examined whether students
accessing one hour of additional instruction on a computer each week,
specifically using Orchard Software, would increase academic achievement.
From August 2004 to October 2004, Dr. Ash compared two groups of
: one group of students receiving the
extra computer instruction and one group of students receiving no
additional instruction. Using both a pretest and a posttest to measure
academic achievement, Dr. Ash determined that the students using Orchard
Software produced a higher level of achievement than those who received
classroom instruction alone. (For a copy Dr. Ash's full study, go to
Dr. Ash's study offers hope to schools that have turned to
computers to address student weaknesses. "A great amount of resources
has been invested in the addition of computers and other types of
technology to classrooms. The research in this study offers promise and
suggests that this investment was well spent," wrote Dr. Ash in his
study. "Computer-assisted instruction offers differentiated education
that is easy to plan and implement. It offers opportunities for remediation
and reinforcement of concepts and ideas."
is one example of a school currently using software to support and
differentiate math instruction.
too, has implemented Orchard Software into its curriculum in the hopes of
raising students' test scores.
In conjunction with the National Middle School Association's 2006
Conference taking place at the Opryland Hotel and Convention Center Nov.
opening its doors for registered attendees to learn firsthand about its
best practices. From 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, educators
signed up for the tour will be able to observe and interact with
using technology to deliver engaging work that is designed for a diverse
student population. NMSA attendees may also learn more about Orchard
Software during the conference by visiting booth 826 or going to
Orchard Software provides standards-based assessments and
automatic targeted assignments. With more than 150 Skill Trees covering
over 3,000 concepts, Orchard's assessments are designed to ensure that
students are working on the specific skills they need to master in order to
meet challenging academic standards as well as each school district's