Field Test and Pilot Study
BestQuest Teaching Systems' Four-Tiered Research Model for Algebra'scool®
BestQuest Teaching Systems® is committed to providing scientifically-based research for school districts interested in qualifying for federal funding. BestQuest has developed a four-tiered research model.
The first level of the research model involved the field-testing of Algebra'scool in the Little Rock School District (Arkansas) and in the Memphis Public Schools (Tennessee) during the 2002-2003 school year. Qualitative data was collected and analyzed with results indicating that the program has high student- and teacher-appeal.
Level two involved the development of a white paper (or research paper) that details the theoretical, philosophical and pedagogical foundations of Algebra'scool. The Princeton Review completed the writing of this paper in the summer of 2003. Click Here To See results.
Level three involved the implementation of an informal pilot study in the states of New York and Connecticut during the 2003-2004 school year. Assessment data involving approximately 160 students was gathered, analyzed, and used to help us in meet the needs of teachers during our professional development sessions.
In the summer of 2004, The Princeton Review developed a formal research design that was implemented during the 2004-2005 school year in the Pulaski County (Arkansas) Special School District. On level four of the research model, over 400 middle and high school students participated in a year-long study. Achievement data was collected, analyzed and released for publication. The results of this study indicated that "while students in both the experimental and control groups did demonstrate gains relative to the standards set by the Arkansas Benchmark Examination, the students in the experimental group saw a mean performance increase in excess of three times that of students in the control group. The engaging rich media content and real-world applications provided through the Algebra'scool program provide a high-interest teaching tool to enable students to master algebra skills." For a full copy of The Princeton Review Report, Please Click Here.