Context/Setting of Action Research Plan:The context of the plan is to determine if using a SmartBoard and interactive response system will increase fourth grade student performance in math on local and state standardized testing. My action research plan will take place in the fourth grade classrooms (and computer lab at times) at my elementary school.
Definition of Target Population:
My target population is the 2012-2013 fourth grade students.
Selection of Sample:
I choose this group and subject because fourth grade is a big testing grade in Louisiana and math consistently shows weaknesses on our student’s state standardized test scores each year.
Rationale for Sample:
How well students do on the LEAP test in fourth grade will determine if the student passes or fails for the school year (or has to attend summer school).
Description of How Research will be conducted:
Data from the 2011-2012 fourth graders is being collected now from their Benchmark Test conducted each nine weeks. LEAP scores from the current fourth graders will be available in May. These scores will be saved until next year to compare with the results from the 2012-2013 fourth graders.
Each nine weeks of the 2012-2013 school year, students will take a Benchmark Test in the computer lab to test their knowledge of math skills taught during the nine weeks. In April 2013, the students will complete the LEAP test for the state in their classroom.