Evaluating a Long-Term K-12 Online Resources Development Project

Evaluating a Long-Term K-12 Online Resources Development Project


The Algebra Data Analysis Collaborative project was designed to develop online content and resources to assist students in meeting the requirements of the Maryland High School Assessment (HSA) for Algebra/Data Analysis. The Collaborative, comprised of eight of Maryland's 24 local school systems, was funded by a series of three grants from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and administered by Baltimore County Public Schools.

Over the four-year grant period (2005-2009), I served as the project evaluator, which included evaluating attainment of grant objectives, grant effectiveness and impact, and providing recommendations for future activity to support long-term sustainability. This included evaluation of several project components including online course resource development, professional development, learning object repository development, and process implementation.

One of the unanticipated benefits of this project was discovering that the online algebra resources which were developed were highly flexible and versatile for a wide variety of uses. A high percentage of teachers reported using the resources for multiple purposes: as an entire course, as supplemental material, for whole class and small group instruction, for both remediation and accelerated instruction, and for students on home instruction.

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