Date: Dec 11, 1995 11:10 PM Author: Anne Wheelock Subject: Fwd: Saxon math For those interested in discussion of math programs going on on other lists....

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>From: barak rosenshine <rosen@UX1.CSO.UIUC.EDU>

>Subject: Saxon math

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>I wrote for, and just received, a copy of "Statistics: Text scores and

>enrollment statistics of students and schools throughout the United

>States prior to and after use of the Saxon program."

>The booklet has a date of January, 1995, and was compiled by Saxon

>Publishers. A free copy can be obtained: 1-800-284-7019.

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>The booklet contains about 62 cases scores or enrollment before

>adopting Saxon text and scores or enrollment after adopting Saxon.

>There are also two studies in which control classrooms in the same

>school used a different textbook and the test results were compared.

>(Now, why didn't more schools do this?).

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>All results show text score or enrollment gains from before Saxon to

>after Saxon. Many of these are very impressive.

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>There are also time lines showing scores for each successive

>year of Saxon math, and these are also impressive.

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>Test scores include ACT, ITBS, CTBS,SAT, and CAT; AP calculus scores,

>and scores on statewide math texts in Indiana, Missouri,Michigan,

>South Carolina, and Texas.

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>Reports also show growth in number of students taking calculus, advance

>math, algebra 1, Intermediate Algebra, chemistry, and physics.

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>There are two reports of students placing high in area contests in

>math in Vermont and in Colorado, pre and post Saxon.

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>One limitation of these results is that they may have only published

>their

>success stories. Another limitation is that only two studies contained

>control classrooms in the same school.

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>Nonetheless, I know of no other program that has published results

>such as these.

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>I do not think it fair to criticize Saxon by saying, as some have,

>that there are outcomes that these tests and enrollment figures

>did not measure, and Saxon was probably poor on those unmeasured

>outcomes. Nor is it appropriate, given these results, to dismiss

>Saxon as a thoughtless skill and drill program.

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>I wish there were independent studies evaluating Saxon math programs.

>This could be a good topic for a master's or doctoral thesis.

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>Barak Rosenshine

>College of Education, U of Illinois

>1310 S. 6th

>Champaign, IL 6l820

>217/328-1038

>rosenshine@uiuc.edu

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Anne Wheelock

Boston, Massachusetts

wheelock@shore.net