School of Education


Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)


Meredith Park


Intelligent, Tutoring, Systems, Math, Achievement, Middle, School


Education | Educational Leadership


This study is a quantitative examination of intelligent tutoring systems in two similar suburban middle schools (grades 6-8) in the Southeastern United States. More specifically, it is a causal-comparative study purposed with examining the efficacy of intelligent tutoring systems as they relate to math achievement for students at two similar middle schools in the Midlands of South Carolina. The independent variable, use of an intelligent tutoring system in math instruction, is defined as the supplementary use of two intelligent tutoring systems, Pearson’s Math Digits and IXL, for math instruction. The dependent variable is math achievement as determined by the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) SC 6+Math test. The student data examined is archived MAP SC 6+ Math scores from the 2017-2018 school year. A one-way ANCOVA was used to compare the mean achievement gain scores of both groups, students whose math instruction included intelligent tutoring systems and students whose math instruction did not include intelligent tutoring systems, to establish whether or not there was any statistically significant difference between the adjusted population means of the two independent groups. The results showed that the adjusted mean of posttest scores of students who did not receive math instruction that involved an intelligent tutoring system were significantly higher than those who did.