Use of math software in W.Va. schools doesn’t add up. – A. Harris

Harris, Amy Julia.  “Use of math software in W.Va. schools doesn’t add up.” The Charleston Gazette.  May 25, 2012.  Retrieved from: http://wvgazette.com/News/201205250154

The software company makes big promises but the reality is that the lack of a teacher to interact and guide the students makes the purchase of these materials a complete waste.

West Virginia educators have paid millions of dollars to a company for a new high school math software that’s supposed to boost student test scores even though the product produced “no discernible effects” on student achievement, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Another 2009 national review of software for algebra and middle school math listed Cognitive Tutor and nine other major software products that did not produce “statistically significant” effects on standardized test scores.

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