This study examined the extent to which teacher use of recommended instructional practices related positively to the performance of students taking the Math 7 course during Grade 7. Both formative information (observations of Math 7 classes) and summative information (advanced statistical analyses) were used. Results will inform the teaching of mathematics at a variety of levels and to a broad population of students.
Enhance the use of those instructional practices in Math 7 lessons that have been identified by this study to have positive and significant associations with MSA mathematics test scores (see report for specific practices).Continue to explore inequities in the population of Math 7 students being moved to Algebra 1 when compared to students being moved to lower level courses in Grade 8.Consider the value of the M-Stat articulation tool and related tools in determining placements for Grade 8 mathematics. When actual Grade 8 enrollment for mathematics courses was compared with articulation tool recommendations, many students were not in the recommended courses.
FINAL REPORT Math 7_5_14.pdf (388KB PDF)