Date of Award/Publication

2008

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MS in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education

Abstract

Students across the state are taking standardized mathematics assessments. Their scores on these assessments determine their schedule for the following year, as well as contribute to district, regional and state wide data. These assessments tend to consist of questions that are made up of word problems used to see if a student understands the content. The purpose of this study is to provide students with literacy strategies to help them gain a greater understanding of the word problem and allow them to more successfully answer the questions. Through the study students were presented with three literacy strategies, using key vocabulary and actions, as well as two different graphic organizers. Then students were instructed to use these strategies as they solve many different problems including problems similar to the question type on the state assessment. The study concluded that the use of different strategies as well as increased exposure to assessment type questions, helped students achieve a greater success on the state assessment.

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