Assessment Code: JNT2 – Task 1 (Needs Analysis)

Summary of Instructional Problem

Statement of Problem Majority of students lack understanding of mathematical language and show weakness in basic numerical computation. The students make frequent errors because they misread operation signs when adding or subtracting integers or carry numbers incorrectly when multiplying whole number and decimals. Furthermore, these students have difficulty understanding written or verbal directions or explanations, and find word problems especially difficult to translate.

Current Conditions The current data shows that only 15 percent of the students were able to understand and perform the

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It is believed that it is partially due the lack of reviewing their own work is a potential source of the low test scores. Survey question was introduced by creating a baseline of how often teachers believed students should be checking their work. By first understanding this, it would allow a determination if there was in fact a difference between students’ actual reviewing patterns and the actual reviewing patterns. Additionally, an issue with reviewing would be if students are unfamiliar with how to check their work. By determining which skills the teachers deem to be the most productive when practicing their computation, the teachers will then be able to create a vertical alignment where instruction is built on those review skills. This would provide students with a foundation where their knowledge can be increased without the troubles of having to learn a new way to

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No answer choices were given.

Table 3

Teacher Expectations of Students Reviewing Work

Percentage of Time of Reviewing Work (%) Respondents

1

2

3

50 ≤ 60

X

60 ≤ 70

X

70 >

X

The fourth survey question asked three 6 -8 grade math teachers what ways students’ can increase their computation skills. The answer choices included: Drills, Repetition, memorization, practice, or flash cards. Each teacher was given the option to choose more than one answer.

Table 4

Teacher Response for Ways to Increase Computation Skills

Ways to Increase Computation Skills

Respondents

Total

1

2

3

Drills

X

X

2

Repetition

X

X

2

Memorization

X

1

Flash Cards

X

1

Practice Problems

X

X

2

The district expectation for the percent of students to pass was determined at the beginning of the year for when districts examinations are given. For each exam the percent of questions needing to be correct in order to pass the district was set at 70%. The state expectation is set at