Applying technology to enhance STEM achievement for students with disabilities: The blending assessment with instruction program

Jul 2, 2013, 13:09 PM
Meyen, E. L., & Greer, D. L. (2010). Applying technology to enhance STEM achievement for students with disabilities: The blending assessment with instruction program. Journal of Special Education Technology, 25(3), 49-63.

Characteristics

  • This study evaluated the effectiveness of using the Blending Assessment with Instruction Program (BAIP) with 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students with disabilities to enhance their performance on state math assessments.
  • The BAIP is a program of web-based materials that includes 276 online math lessons with 417 online tutorials aligned to the math standards for students in 3rd through 12th grade.
  • The BAIP tutorials require students to submit answers and provides them with immediate feedback; this data is automatically sent to students’ teachers in order to assist with instructional decision-making.

Setting

  • Students and teachers accessed the BAIP program in a variety of settings across the United States.

Method

  • In order to assess student performance on state-mandated math assessments, the scores for students who used BAIP frequently were compared to the scores of non-BAIP users and low-frequency BAIP users.
  • In addition, over 800 teachers who used BAIP in their classrooms completed an end-of-the-year survey in order to determine their usage of the program and their satisfaction with the program.

Results

  • Students who used BAIP frequently scored significantly higher on state math assessments than students in the low-BAIP-use group and no-BAIP-use group.
  • Seven hundred thirty-two teachers indicated that they would like to continue using the program, while only 73 reported that they did not want to use the program in the future.
  • Teachers also rated the program as being fairly effective in covering the content required within the National Council of Teachings in Mathematics Standards.
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