Research Roundup: Test Prep

Research Roundup: Test Prep

Featured Excerpt: ACT scores are lower in schools where teachers use a lot of class time for test prep, say researchers at the UChicago Consortium on School Research. The Consortium has spent years trying to crack the code about what it takes to get students ready for college and how to improve ACT scores, and their research shows little evidence that intensive test prep leads to better test scores.

Roundup: January 2017

Roundup: January 2017

Featured Excerpt: We know that understanding fractions is critical to student achievement in high school math, but teaching these concepts effectively can be tricky.  A new Vanderbilt study shows that using a  a number line  is effective for increasing students’ understanding of fractions. In the study, 4th and 5th grade students were given brief instructions about unit fractions and then they played an interactive computer game that prompted them to estimate fractions on a number line. Results show that the game increased students’ abilities to estimate and recall fractions, better setting them up to be successful with more advanced math concepts in the future.