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Title: Standardized Test Outcomes of Urban Students Participating in Standards and Project Based Science Curricula
Authors: Geier, Robert
Blumenfeld, Phyllis
Marx, Ronald
Krajcik, Joseph
Fishman, Barry
Soloway, Elliot
Issue Date: Jun-2004
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Citation: Geier, R., Blumenfeld, P., Marx, R., Krajcik, J., Fishman, B., & Soloway, E. (2004). Standardized Test Outcomes of Urban Students Participating in Standards and Project Based Science Curricula. In Kafai, Y. B., Sandoval, W. A., Enyedy, N., Nixon, A. S., & Herrera, F. (Eds.), International Conference of the Learning Sciences 2004: Embracing Diversity in the Learning Sciences (pp. 206-213). Santa Monica, CA: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Abstract: Considerable effort has been made over the past decade to address the needs of learners in large urban districts through scaleable reform initiatives. We examine the effects of a multifaceted scaling reform which focuses on supporting standards based science teaching in urban middle schools. The effort was one component of systemic reform efforts in Detroit Public Schools. Two cohorts of students that participated in reform curricula are compared with the remainder of the district population, using results from the high-stakes state standardized test in science. Both the initial and scaled up cohorts show substantive increases in science content understanding and process skills over their peers, and significantly higher "pass rates" on the statewide assessment up to a year and a half after exposure, with little fall off in achievement gains with increased scale. Examination of results by gender reveals that the curriculum reform effort succeeds in reducing the "gender gap" in achievement experienced by urban African-American boys. These findings are an encouraging example of how standards-based urban systemic reform can successfully impact student achievement as measured by statewide standardized instruments.
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