School of Education


Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (EdD)


Philip Alsup


Computer-assisted Technology, Response to Intervention, Active Learning Theory, Mathematics Achievement, MyMathLab




The United States ranks in the middle of the nations participating in the Programme for International Student Assessment, and secondary education has not seen growth in mathematics achievement since the 1970s. Computer-assisted math education offers a new opportunity to increase mathematical achievement with students. Pearson Education’s MyMathLab has shown promise at the higher education level with enhancing student proficiency in concepts. The purpose of this study was to determine if the use of Math XL, the secondary counterpart to MyMathLab, could increase mathematics achievement, measured by the performance on the end-of-course test for Algebra I and Geometry for high school students in a computer-assisted math intervention program. The quasi-experimental posttest-only study enhanced the current knowledge of MyMathLab/Math XL as a tool for higher education and demonstrated the effects of using it at the secondary level. The sample was taken from high school Algebra I and Geometry students at an online high school in a southern state. A comparison group was created from students meeting the same criteria for the computer-assisted math intervention program who chose not to participate. An analysis of variance was used to test for statistically significant differences in the end-of-course test scores in those students enrolled in a computer-assisted math intervention program and those students not enrolled in a computer-assisted math intervention program. The analysis found no significant difference in the mean between the group enrolled in computer-assisted intervention and those not enrolled.

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