An examination of the Common Core State Standards and technology standards across the United States: A focus on fourth grade math achievement

Alisha A Hayes, Tennessee State University

Abstract

The Common Core State Standards reform was initiated in public education in America in 2010. The standards were developed in response to a perceived lack of readiness of students for college and career. The goal of the CCSS was to provide students with the knowledge and skills to acquire a post-secondary education and succeed in a global workforce requiring twenty-first century skills. Technology is at the center of the CCSS Initiative, and its effectiveness is dependent on each state’s education technology infrastructure and resources. The purpose of this study was to examine whether state implementation of CCSS fourth grade math standards was associated with gains in fourth grade math achievement based on NAEP scores, and whether State Technology and Science Index scores enhanced this achievement. The study utilized a non-experimental research method with correlational and casual design components. The participants in this study were all fifty states and the District of Columbia. Data for this study were archival and were retrieved from the CCSS Initiative website. States’ educational technology scores were retrieved from the Milken Institute website. The two sources used in this study were the State Technology and Science index and fourth grade math NAEP assessments in 2011 and 2013. Two hypotheses were tested. The first hypothesis tested to determine statistical significant between non-CCSS and CCSS states NAEP fourth grade math scores. The second one was to determine whether there was a relationship between CCSS states NAEP fourth grade scores and their State Technology and Science Index scores. Results showed that, in 2011, non-CCSS states had higher fourth grade NAEP math scores than CCSS states and, in 2013, CCSS and non-CCSS had a similar mean in NAEP fourth grade math scores. Results also indicated that a relationship existed between a state’s education technology score and their NAEP fourth grade math score, regardless if CCSS standards were implemented or not.^

Subject Area

Education, Policy|Education, Technology of

Recommended Citation

Alisha A Hayes, "An examination of the Common Core State Standards and technology standards across the United States: A focus on fourth grade math achievement" (2014). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI3636317.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI3636317

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