Marblehead Public School District is a suburban district in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with 5 elementary schools and 2 secondary schools. The district has a current enrollment of over 3,200 students in Grades Pre-K–12. The professional staff includes 230 teachers, with approximately 215 support personnel and administrators.
Marblehead Public School District is eligible for Title I assistance. Eighty-seven percent of the students are White and the remaining student body consists of students identified as Hispanic (6%), Black (3%), or other (4%). Eighteen percent of the students have an Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) is a test taken by all public school students in the spring. The test covers subjects such as ELA, mathematics, science, and history. The test measures performance based on the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework Learning Standards.
At Grades 3–5, the math MCAS comprises multiple choice, short-answer, and open response items covering four domains equally distributed across the tests: Geometry, Measurements and Data, Number and Operations in Base Ten and Fractions, and Algebraic Thinking.
In Massachusetts, students’ test scores can be categorized into one of four levels of mastery: Level 1: Advanced, Level 2: Proficient, Level 3: Needs Improvement, and Level 4: Warning. Students scoring at Advanced and Proficient are said to have mastered the Massachusetts Learning Standards.
To determine if HMH GO Math! had an impact on learning, student MCAS mathematics test scores from the spring of 2013, prior to using the program, and the spring of 2014, after one year of usage, were obtained for Grades 3, 4, and 5. These findings are presented in Figure 1.
The comparison of achievement scores revealed that at all grade levels examined, the percentage of students scoring at Proficient or higher was greater in 2014, after using GO Math!, than the previous year with an average gain of over 7%.
This one-year examination of the implementation of GO Math! © 2012 at Marblehead Public School District revealed that the program was associated with increased mathematics achievement.