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2006Research Conference | June 15–16

This conference highlighted the work of invited speakers, independent researchers who have received grant funds from the Institute of Education Sciences, and trainees supported through predoctoral training grants and postdoctoral fellowships. The presentations are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Education or the Institute of Education Sciences.
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
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Algebraic Interventions for Measured Achievement (AIMA)

Steve Schneider, WestEd
Kimberly Viviani, WestEd
Tom Hanson, WestEd

Abstract: To address the problem of low achievement in algebra, we have developed an algebra intervention curriculum founded in accepted research on how people learn. As No Child Left Behind has raised the standards of performance for all students, parents and teachers are looking for additional ways to help students learn. We will provide a solution for students struggling to learn algebra.

We have created targeted curriculum providing learning experiences that reinforce, refresh, or re-teach important concepts introduced in the classroom. Our curriculum focuses on key "trouble spots" in algebra that typically cause difficulty either because students lack prerequisites, they have misunderstood the content, or because the material is complex and students need more time and practice with the topic.

The first three modules were field tested in the Fall of 2005. The field testing took place throughout California with over 1000 students participating. In the Spring of 2006 our next three modules are being field tested in the same classrooms.

Our poster will outline the topic areas, which are:

  1. Signed Number Operations
  2. Variables and Expressions
  3. Patterns
  4. Proportional Reasoning
  5. The Coordinate Plane
  6. Inequalities

Our poster will provide preliminary data on the effectiveness of the first three modules based on our Field Test results from the Fall of 2005. Our poster will describe the randomized study that is to take place in the Fall of 2006. We will have examples of the curriculum at our table.