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    Summer Math Tutoring Program Report Submitted to: Math Department Head: Tim Berggren and Program Creator: Brian Smith Submitted by: Jaime Piatt Evaluation Report: Summer Math Tutoring Program - 1    Summary   This last school year, 2013-3014, there were several, more than normal, students who barely passed Pre-Algebra. This group of students have had significant struggles with math since being in 6th grade when their teacher only went through 20 lesson over the entire school year. Needless to say, this teacher did not come back the next school year. With this background, it was decided to create a program for those students to practice Pre-Algebra math skills over the summer in a tutoring program that is self-paced. All the students who participated, or paid for the program had D level grades at the end of the school year in math. Several students were encouraged to participate in this summer tutoring program, 15 students paid to take part in the course. The math department felt it is important to provide tutoring to these students since there are major changes in the abstractness in math jumping from Pre-Algebra to Algebra I. The basics are important to comprehend before going into Algebra I. Brian, the creator of the summer program, took the main topics of Pre-Algebra and put together 6 modules for students to work through. Links to Khan Academy videos and exercises were the main resources for each module. At the end of each module is a quiz, over the material within the module, and a survey, asking questions regarding the module. The survey looked at hard and easy concepts, how prepared the student felt before the quiz, how much of the resources he or she used before taking the quiz, and how hard the entire unit felt once the unit was finished. In some of the mods Brian included extensions for students to go further in depth on the topic. There was also an extension module at the end of the course for students who wanted to keep learning. No student worked through this section. The purpose of the evaluation is to make sure there are enough resources available to the students within each module, to see if the participants are Algebra I ready, and if it is worth expanding the program to other levels of math for the next summer. The program was developed at the end of the school year and quickly put together. Any recommendations to improve the course would be helpful for future usage along with deciding if it is helpful enough to expand to other levels of math as students struggle in all levels, not just Pre-Algebra. The evaluation process included a meeting with Brain in determining the goals and the agenda of the evaluation, looking through the Moodle program that includes the summer tutoring course, analysing the quiz scores and surveys from each module, giving recommendations to improving the summer course, and meeting with Brian a last time with the results of the evaluation. The summer course started the first week of June, for the students. They had 8 weeks to complete 6 modules. Even though it is self-paced course, the idea is for students to work on a unit for one week and then move on to a new unit the following week. Since summer is extremely busy for many families, allowing 2 extra weeks to finish the course was given. The only deadline for the program was July 25, 2014. This allowed for a break before the school year starts in the middle of August. Evaluation Report: Summer Math Tutoring Program - 2   Quickly summarizing the finding from the quizzes, surveys, and program will make it easier to read the tables and other sections of the evaluation report. The findings from the scores and surveys show there is a need for more resources being available to the participants. Some students felt they needed more instruction or practice before taking the quiz. Even though many students show scores that are passing, the scores are still lower than the programs desire of being above 80%. Using the quiz scores and student surveys, adding more resources may help scores go up. There is also a low participation rate. Only about half the students who paid for the course actively participated throughout the summer. A need to find ways to keep students motivated throughout the modules would be helpful for students to benefit from the program to the end. Those who participated the most, usually had the better quiz scores, but increasing the scores would still be better for the programs sake. The percentages of the student quizzes averaged in the 70’s, which is lower than the 80% mark, however better than a D grade (within the 60% range). This shows some growth for the students, and technically readiness for Algebra I. Not having a summer break away from math will also help students as they start the new school year soon and with review. Description of the Program Evaluated  The summer math tutoring program was developed to help students who are able to pass their Pre-Algebra class but are struggling with concepts and need to review and prepare before entering into Algebra 1 as freshmen. These students received only passing grades (D’s) last school year. The program is a self-paced course with 6 modules for the students to work through on their own time during the summer months. Each module includes an embedded video that has to do with the module topic, links to practice problems from the Khan Academy site, a quiz over the material that was covered through the module, and a survey asking students how easy or difficult the material was, if more instruction, practice problems, and/or quizzes should be added, and how much the student participated in the material that was provided. The purpose of the evaluation is to see how well the summer tutoring program helped students and to see if this program is something that should be broadened into levels of math for students who are on the border, comprehension-wise, in other math levels. The objectives of the summer tutoring program are to: 1. Allow students to work at their own pace during the summer months before entering into Algebra I as freshmen 2. Help students gain confidence in their math skills before moving into the next level of math. 3. Prepare students, who historically have struggled with Pre-Algebra, for Algebra I through reviewing important concepts that should be mastered in the Pre-Algebra level of mathematics Evaluation Report: Summer Math Tutoring Program - 3    After meeting with Brian, the creator of the program, these are the questions that need to be answered through the evaluation process this summer: 1. How well do the participants work on their own through a self-paced program 1.1. Of the 15 students who participated, how many finished? How many worked through and improved their Pre-Algebra skills? 2. Is there enough material in each module? Should more or less material be added or subtracted from individual modules? Do students have the material needed to be better equipped, and have the ability to gain confidence in their skills? 3. Are each of the students ready to move on to Algebra I? 3.1. How well did the student do on the module quizzes? Do the participants show readiness to move into Algebra I according to their work through the summer program modules? Are their certain skills that need to be better practiced? Evaluation Method   After confirming the objectives of the program, and meeting with Brian on the questions that need to be answered through the evaluation process, the evaluator believes the decision-making method would be the best method to use. Since the objectives of the evaluation is looking at a program in practice during the summer months, it is not the intent of the evaluation process to change, or add anything to the program itself. Therefore, this is a summative report that includes a mixture of quantitative and qualitative data. Recommendations will be included in the discussion section of the report. Participants There are only 15 students who have chosen to pay for the summer tutoring program. Therefore, all 15 will be evaluated. No samples will be used. However, of the 15 who have chosen to pay for the summer program, only 13 participated to some degree. Only 6 students finish all the modules within the program. The quiz scores and surveys that are completed will be used as the data source for this evaluation. Those who chose not to participate will still help in answering the evaluation questions. The data will not be skewed because of the students who participated and those that did not. All will be used for this evaluation. Those that will have interest in the results of this report include the math department head, Tim Berggren, who has an interest in anything that goes on within the department, and also Brian Smith. Brian is the creator of the program and wants to know what should change, if anything, and if this is a program worth expanding. Procedures Evaluation Report: Summer Math Tutoring Program - 4
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