The Relationship Between Students' Tracking of Their Learning Data and Overall Academic Achievement in Fifth-Grade Mathematics
School of Education
Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (EdD)
Academic Achievement, Mathematics, Middle School, Data Tracking
Poag, Angela Van Sant, "The Relationship Between Students' Tracking of Their Learning Data and Overall Academic Achievement in Fifth-Grade Mathematics" (2020). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2619.
Teachers are in a constant cycle of data collection to guide instruction and increase student achievement; however, students are not always involved in the data collection or discussion of their own learning data. The purpose of this correlational study was to explore the relationship between students’ tracking of their own learning data and their academic achievement in fifth-grade mathematics as measured by the aimswebPlus assessment. A convenience sample of 154 students from a middle school in a southern Tennessee school district participated in the study using archival data. A Pearson Product Moment Correlation was used to test the null hypothesis to describe the strength and direction of the relationship between students’ tracking of their own learning data as measured by a researcher-created instrument and their academic achievement as measured by the aimswebPlus assessment. It was discovered that no significant relationship was found between students’ tracking of their own learning data and their academic achievement in fifth-grade mathematics. It was concluded that the relationship between students’ fidelity to data tracking and their overall academic achievement could possibly have been significant if the teachers and students received more training on how to track data and use the data tracker notebooks and if students not only tracked their learning data but set individual learning goals based on the data. Since clearer training and the use of student-focused goals was considered as the next step in the process of using student data to increase their academic achievement and allow students to be leaders in their own learning, it would be helpful to conduct a study that seeks to determine the types of student data tracking tools and processes that are most beneficial to increasing student achievement.