Developing Core Mathematics Skills in an Adult Education Context: Applying CRESST POWERSOURCE© to Naval Recruit Training

Principal Investigator: 
Project Overview
Background & Purpose: 

The proposed project seeks to build on existing work by the Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at the UCLA Center for the Study of Evaluation to develop and field test a formative-assessment-based math intervention.

Setting: 

The research will be conducted at the Navy Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, IL.

Research Design: 

The design of this project is comparative, and is designed to generate evidence that is causal (quasi-experimental). This project includes a formative-assessment-based math intervention, with a comparative condition of student performance in recruit classes which do not receive the intervention. This project collects original data consisting of student performance on a test of math skills. The analysis of data includes tests of significance of group differences, t- tests, or analysis of variance, multivariate hierarchical linear modeling, and possibly multi-dimensional item response theory for analysis of extant math test items.

Other Products: 

Formative assessments and focused math instruction indicated by assessment results.