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The following are excerpts are from research conducted by an independent company evaluating the effectiveness of Succeed in: Math!® software in the nation’s fifth largest school district. The research was published in June 2005.
To obtain detailed information on the implementation and evaluate the success of the web based tutorial for the math [Succeed in: Math!®] HSPE [high school proficiency exam]…data collection, analyses and fieldwork were undertaken by Shepperson & Associates research team…

In addition to the…self-assessment, the tutorial includes 53 web based tutorial lessons separated into three tiers, each consisting of lesson modules, including seven lessons in tier 1, a total of nineteen lessons in tier 2 and twenty-seven lessons in tier 3, for a total of 53 lessons. The web-based tutorials were designed… by Interactive Technologies of Nevada (ITN). This local software development company specializes in designing computer assisted instruction and training programs.

The tutorial is available on the Internet using a web server that provides dynamic interactive web pages using ASP technology to construct remediation modules and practice tests similar to the HSPE in math. Additional multimedia instructions are provided using FLASH technology. Together, the technology generates an interactive, web-based tutorial. Because the technology is available via the Internet, it is potentially accessible to all students in all districts…
The tutorials align with NCTM [National Council of Teachers of Mathematics] standards regarding technology’s role in the mathematics classroom. “The teacher should ensure that the technology is enhancing students’ mathematical thinking.” The web based tutorial targets remediation. Once signed on, a student takes a practice test…. that summarizes his/her performance. Based on this diagnosis, a student is prescribed topic area tutorials. Additional diagnoses with each topic trigger interactive remediation and specific learning modules that include instruction, using voiceover and video feedback. Quiz items are embedded within the learning modules and if students continue to demonstrate areas of weakness, additional examples, instruction and quizzing continue until the student shows adequate progress. Students are required to score a minimum of 75% in order to proceed to the next module.
After completing all prescribed modules, a student has the option to take a 36 multiple choice question post-test similar to the pre-test. These results are used to assess proficiency or repeat remediation.
  Targeted student populations  
Students targeted were those who failed the…HSPE in math. Intervention was intended to augment normal classroom instruction and provide students with opportunities to gain mathematical knowledge using web technology both in and outside of the classroom.
The program also targets special education and ELL students…special educational math facilitators were specifically provided training to assist these students. Informal feedback suggests that this format has been popular with special education students and their teachers report feeling greater confidence in preparing their students.
  The system is also considered valuable in outlying and rural schools…  
  Program Outcomes for Students and Teachers  
Student Outcomes. Teachers report positive student reaction to the web-based tutorial [Succeed in: Math!®]. They feel strongly that students are accessing the site from outside of school. They also believe the tutorial is an important tool for improving student performance on the math HSPE. Teachers believe that the tutorial complements rather than supplants their instruction and think the differentiated instruction benefits students.
The …funding proposal indicated potential impact on student learning to be that “students will have increased math knowledge after completion of the tutorials, which will result in an anticipated increased pass rate on the…HSPE for mathematics”.
The study group [students using Succeed in: Math!® software] was…analyzed using results from the February 2005 math HSPE. District wide, only 23.7% of the 12th grade students passed compared to 42.9% of the study group who had completed the tutorial. This indicates better pass rates for the tutored students…
Teacher Outcomes. Teacher outcomes are largely based on interviews of…teachers who received training and implemented the tutorial in their schools.
Unanimously, these teachers felt that the web-based tutorial [Succeed in: Math!®] was an important supplemental tool to help them prepare students for the math HSPE.

Teachers indicated that advantages of the web based tutorial program were:
1. It addressed all content areas on the math HSPE
2. It provided students with step-by-step explanations
3. It provided students with work appropriate to different skill levels, from basic to more advanced
4. It offered different modalities to teach math concepts
5. It allowed students to prepare for the exam outside of class
6. It offered immediate feedback

  Program Alignment with Best Practices Nationwide  
The tutorial provides a supplement to regular instruction, consistent with prior findings of most successful computer-aided instructional methods. The adaptive nature of the tutorial is consistent with successful approaches used in other online courses. The site delivers instruction by mixed mode presentation of aural and visual information, a proven method for learning scientific content.
  Best Practices in Educational Technology  
Because of its mixed-mode presentations (visual and aural), the web-based tutorial [Succeed in: Math!®] can present information in different formats. In addition, the software offers presentation sequencing and example difficulty. It can select examples, explanations and problems to be completed more precisely depending on the student’s assessed understanding. The software also provides for multiple assessments to ensure student understanding and proficiency…the web-based tutorial is popular with teachers and students. It follows state standards and instructs on test proficiencies, this providing a useful instructional guide.
The…web based math tutorial is an exception. While most states offer practice test and some self-assessment, few states have full tutorials for math proficiency tests. The web based tutorial [Succeed in: Math!®] represents many of the strengths of computer-aided instruction. Accessibility using the Internet makes the tutorial and self-assessment easily available to schools and districts, nearly all of which have Internet-accessible computers and labs. It can also be connected to the district instructional data management system (IDMS) to provide web based integrated data management, allowing ongoing assessment of student achievement...

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Research by The Center for Business and Economic Research
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Nov 2008)