Wisconsin Center for Education Research Five-Year Evaluation: An Outline
As part of IMP's 199297 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), a five-year
evaluation is being conducted by Dr. Norman Webb at the Wisconsin
(WCER). Currently, this study has three components underway that focus on student outcomes. These
components are described below, and results from them will be reported as data becomes available.
Additional studies are also being conducted and will be highlighted in future reports.
- Class of 1993 Transcript Study
The purpose of this study is to provide comparative information on the high school mathematics
careers of IMP and non-IMP students. The study looks at transcripts of all students graduating in
1993 from the three high schools that began using the IMP curriculum in 1989. We are analyzing
the data for both groups of students, looking at variables such as number and kinds of
mathematics courses taken, standardized test scores, and grade point averages, including how
these outcomes are affected by race and gender. This study is nearing completion, and data from
one aspect of this study is discussed in Standardized Tests: Highlights
from current studies of IMP
- The Class of 1994 Post-High School Study
In this study, participants were randomly selected from IMP and non-IMP students graduating in
1994 from the four high schools that were using all four years of the IMP curriculum.
Participants will be followed in their posthigh school careers through the end of the NSF
grant. They will be interviewed about the value they place on their high school mathematics
experience and asked to describe their posthigh school experiences, including college
courses using mathematics. Initial interviews with these students were conducted in Spring
- Class of 1998 Mathematical Growth Study
This study will monitor IMP students' growth from ninth through twelfth grade in mathematical
understanding, problem-solving ability, confidence, and communication, and compare this growth
with that of students who use a more traditional mathematics program. The study will follow
randomly selected target students. Data is being collected through classroom observations,
interviews, and videotaping of students working on problems in groups.
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