Improving Math and Science Scores in Middle School Essay

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Program Evaluation
Improving Math and Science scores in Middle School

TABLE OF CONTENTS Page

Needs Assessment 3

Program Theory 10

Logic Model 20

Conceptualization & Operationalization of Program Outcomes 24

Assessment of Program Impact 25

References 28

NEEDS ASSESSMENT

Math and Science are two subjects which most students at any level approach with trepidation and intense dislike, however, both subjects are integral to cognitive thinking. Not only will these subjects provide skills that will help students think more clearly, but students will be academically successful throughout their school career, enjoy wider career choices and
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The last two graphs will show the difference with a higher performing school such as IS 409 and therefore will confirm why this study is going to be conducted.

IS 166- George Gershwin School Math and Science Grades

Source: New York Department of Education (Division of Assessment and Accountability—School Report Cards 2005).

Definition of the Levels on which the scores for both subjects are based:

Level 4—These students exceed the standards and are moving toward high performance on the Regents examination.
Level 3—These students meet the standards and, with continued steady growth, should pass the Regents examination.
Level 2—These students need extra help to meet the standards and pass the Regents examination.
Level 1—These students have serious academic deficiencies.

Source: New York Department of Education (Division of Assessment and Accountability—School Report Cards 2005).

The aforementioned graphs showed how poorly IS 166 has performed in the last two years in both Math and Science. In Math, the number of students performing at Levels 3 and 4 has decreased from 22.2% in 2004 and 17.5% in 2005. The number of students tested for Level 3 was only 60 and for Level 4 only 3 of 361 total students. The remaining students, as displayed on the

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