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Fwd: Saxon math
Posted:
Dec 11, 1995 11:10 PM


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>ReturnPath: <emcf@ix.netcom.com> >Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 05:13:02 0800 >From: emcf@ix.netcom.com (Hayes Mizell ) >Subject: Fwd: Saxon math >To: Wheelock@shore.net >
>From: barak rosenshine <rosen@UX1.CSO.UIUC.EDU> >Subject: Saxon math >To: Multiple recipients of list AERAC <AERAC@ASUVM.INRE.ASU.EDU> > >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: 18002847019. > >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?). > >All results show text score or enrollment gains from before Saxon to >after Saxon. Many of these are very impressive. > >There are also time lines showing scores for each successive >year of Saxon math, and these are also impressive. > >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. > >Reports also show growth in number of students taking calculus, advance >math, algebra 1, Intermediate Algebra, chemistry, and physics. > >There are two reports of students placing high in area contests in >math in Vermont and in Colorado, pre and post Saxon. > >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. > >Nonetheless, I know of no other program that has published results >such as these. > >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. > > >I wish there were independent studies evaluating Saxon math programs. >This could be a good topic for a master's or doctoral thesis. > > > > >Barak Rosenshine >College of Education, U of Illinois >1310 S. 6th >Champaign, IL 6l820 >217/3281038 >rosenshine@uiuc.edu > > >
Anne Wheelock Boston, Massachusetts wheelock@shore.net



