Education to measure computer training results

The Education Department said today it will fund a study of 16 computer-based reading and math products to determine whether they raise student achievement.

The products from 12 companies aim to improve reading in first grade, reading comprehension in fourth grade, pre-algebra in sixth grade and algebra in ninth grade. The department also wants to know what conditions and practices make the technologies most effective.

Teachers will receive training in the products, which will be demonstrated at schools during the 2004-2005 school year. The companies will assess student gains at the end of that school year.

The product selection is part of a $10 million study funded by the department's Institute of Education Sciences in collaboration with the Office of Educational Technology. Mathematica Policy Research of Princeton, N.J., and its subcontractor, SRI International of Menlo Park, Calif., will conduct the study.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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