Share Paper: How Geography and GIS improved Reading scores on standardized tests

  1. Marsha Alibrandi, Fairfield University, United States
  2. Donna Goldstein, Palm Beach County School District, United States
Friday, March 29 10:35-10:55 AM Salon 817

Abstract: In a case study conducted with 1,425 middle school students in Palm Beach County, Florida, data from an experimental group in a GIS elective (256) and a comparable control group without GIS instruction (1,169), yielded increased standardized test scores in the GIS treatment group. Quantitative analyses on the standardized test scores indicated that inclusion of GIS in middle school curriculum had a significant effect on student achievement on both high stakes Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test (FCAT) reading scores. The most significant increases were found among English language learners (ELLs).