ICT Supported Learning Rises Math Achievement in Low Socio Economic Status Schools
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Sustained improvement in student achievement on national standardized tests for low socio economic status (SES) districts is critical for reducing gaps in educational inequality. We report the results of 3 years of implementation of an ICT web-based learning environment in all 11 public schools of a low SES urban district in Chile. This includes 43 fourth grade classes and 1,355 students. This is a Computer Aided Instruction program that promotes whole class collaborative learning with peer support. Effect size on the national standardized fourth grade math test is 0.33, which is three times the national improvement level over the same period and five times the improvement made by a neighboring district with a similar population. On the other hand, the same students did not make any improvements on the national standardized language test. Since each class was taught by the same teacher, only without ICT, we can therefore discount the teacher effect.
KeywordsComputer aided instruction Web-based learning Effect sizes
To Gonzalo Navarrete, President of the Education Commission for the Chilean Association of Municipalities; to Maximiliano Ríos, Director of the Lo Prado Education Department; to Basal Funds for the Centers of Excellence Project FB 0003 from the Associative Research Program of CONICYT.
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