White paper features data-driven case studies from two- and four-year institutions that improved student achievement in mathematics
BOSTON, MA — August 19, 2014 — Pearson today released its “2014 Math Efficacy Report,” which recognizes the results of educators and institutions making enormous strides to improve learner outcomes in college and beyond.
Colleges and universities that choose to address their academic challenges by redesigning their courses ultimately want long-term, sustainable change. Pearson examined some of its most sustainable implementations and discovered that the most critical elements to maintaining success are a willingness to take risks, and a commitment to continually reassess results and adjust accordingly. It is this willingness to try – and fail – that enables an institution to discover the right combination of practices that work best for its faculty and students.
The University of Alabama redesigned its Intermediate Algebra course and is experiencing learning gains 15 years after first implementing MyMathLab. As studies have become more longitudinal—data currently spans 13 academic years and covers four courses and seven sections—the school has realized how they can use MyMathLab best: as part of a larger redesign that includes required use and mandatory attendance.
Dean and Professor, College of Arts and Sciences at University of Alabama, Dr. Robert Olin, said, “Administrations need to realize that redesign is unique to each institution. You have to be patient. Our progress has continued and our numbers go up more every semester.”
At Reading Area Community College, use of MyMathLab adaptive learning features has a positive effect on its students’ attitudes towards math. The system of personalized learning provides each student with exactly the content he or she needs. This targeted approach to teaching not only accelerated the learning process, but also engaged and motivated students in the process.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Reading Area Community College, Diane Hollister, said, “They aren’t as afraid of math—the low stakes assignments in MyMathLab help ease their anxiety. I’m so glad to see my students doing extra work, scoring higher on tests, and feeling more confident about their ability to do math.”
Pearson’s Senior Vice President of Efficacy and Quality, John Tweeddale, said, “Studies show that jobs in computer systems design and related services – a field dependent on high-level math and problem-solving skills – are projected to grow 45 percent between 2008 and 2018. By working with educators to help foster better learning in math, we are empowering them to prepare these students for future careers and ultimately, more prosperous lives.”
The complete “Pearson Math Efficacy Report” can be found here.
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