Improves Test Scores Using Test
Columbia, Maryland. July 16, 2003 -- This
spring Wilde Lake Middle School in Columbia, MD began an innovative
Academic Enrichment program during the school day and the Every
Child Achieving after school program. The goal was to improve student
achievement in the Maryland Functional Mathematics Test (MFMT) –
one of the “high risk” tests required for students to graduate high
school. These programs use a "Triangulation" approach
- combining (1) computer-assisted instruction, (2) specialized after
school programs, and (3) accelerated direct instruction techniques
to define a unique, student-motivated method for learning.
A formal pilot study, led by a research consultant from a major
Maryland university, was conducted to measure the success of the
students in achieving the ambitious WLMS goals. Here is a summary
of the results of the pilot study:
- Overall pass
rate for WLMS 7th grade students – over 90%, the highest
in school history
- Pass rate
for “at risk” students increased from 49% to 75%
using a “two pronged” approach to math reinforcement, including
10 Minute Numeracy Tests software from Tool Factory, Inc.
had pass rates of up to 100%
- Average gain
in MFMT score of 27 points for the study group, compared to an 11
point gain outside the study group
communication between school and home, using Test Factory online
preparation resource. Twenty percent of student test preparation
time was spent outside the classroom - students taking control of
their own learning.
This model has been so successful at Wilde Lake Middle School
that other schools within Howard County and around the state have
expressed interest in this learning approach. This model is an integral
part of the Bridges Over Wilde Lake program being funded through
the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant.
During this study, Test Factory, Inc. conducted a free trial
introduction of Test Factory, it's online test preparation resource.
Over 18,000 practice tests were completed by students in 120 schools
across 12 school systems in Maryland - all this since the last week
of March. Many schools are reporting similar results to those seen
at Wilde Lake Middle School.
To learn more about the study you can contact Bob Keddell at
Wilde Lake Middle School (410) 313-6957 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact
Brian Wessner of Tool Factory, Inc. at (410) 997-6804 or email@example.com.
About Tool Factory
Tool Factory conducted an exhaustive
search for unique educational software in various markets around
the globe. Their flagship product line consists of 26 educational
software tools, which were hand-picked for their innovative contribution
to computer-based learning. To complement the tools and applications,
Tool Factory also publishes an extensive range of curriculum titles
throughout North America. Their second catalog launched with 127
CD-ROM products, many of which are new releases in North America.
For press inquiries, please call Kendra Ericson at
(802) 375-6549 or email firstname.lastname@example.org