MamaMagFeb16Article in MamaMag February 2016 issue


Advanced Education Measurement Study

To better understand the relationship between BRICKS 4 KIDZ programs and growth in maths and science skills, our US colleagues asked Advanced Education Measurement (AEM) to perform the first-ever national study of program effectiveness. AEM administered a pretest / post-test design that measured student ability in targeted maths and science skills for two BRICKS 4 KIDZ programs to 702 students across the US in years K-5. AEM first distrib­uted its full results through a white paper.
The main finding from AEM’s study was that BRICKS 4 KIDZ students of all ages demonstrated growth in targeted maths and science skills. Participation in BRICKS 4 KIDZ School Incursions and After-School programs was associated with increased scores on test items that measured student understanding of key BRICKS 4 KIDZ curriculum points.

Growth on Targeted Skills

To measure growth, social scientists often employ a pretest / post-test design. Students take a test at the beginning of a course of study, receive instruction, then take the same test after the instruction has completed. Researchers expect that if students have increased their knowledge on targeted material, they will score better on the post-test.
AEM designed a pretest / post-test design for five groups. For BRICKS 4 KIDZ School Incursions, AEM designed a test for kids aged 6, 8, and 10. For BRICKS 4 KIDZ After-School programs, AEM designed a test for students years K-2 and 3-5. If BRICKS 4 KIDZ increased understanding of targeted math and science skills, one would expect to see students score better on the post-test than the pretest.