Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development > Vol. 5, No. 4 (2008)

An Innovative Math Program, Agile Mind: Effective?

Mary Gorman, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Michelle Stallone Brown, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
John R Slate, Sam Houston State University

Abstract

In this study, these researchers investigated the effects of an innovative math program, Agile Mind, on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills math test for students enrolled in the 9th grade, 10th grade, and 11th grade. Nine school districts were involved in using Agile Mind, with a comparable set of seven school districts serving as a control group. Over a three year time period, TAKS math scores improved for both sets of school districts, particularly for 11th grade students. No statistically significant differences, however, were present between the participating school districts and the non-participating school districts on the TAKS math test. Thus, Agile Mind did not appear to be effective in enhancing the math scores of 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students on the TAKS among the participating school districts. However, an important consideration is whether or not enough time was spent utilizing the Agile Mind program to make a significant impact. Findings and implications are discussed.

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