FR Doc E7-20100
[Federal Register: October 12, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 197)]
[Page 58064-58065]
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Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

AGENCY: Department of Education.

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Institute of Education Sciences

    Type of Review: New.
    Title: The Effects of a Hybrid Secondary School Course in Algebra I 
on Teacher Practices, Classroom Quality and Adolescent Learning.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: Individuals or household; Businesses or other for-
profit; Not-for-profit institutions; Federal Government; State, Local, 
or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
    Responses: 796.
    Burden Hours: 131.
    Abstract: Algebra I has emerged in recent years as a critical 
gatekeeper course, necessary to prepare students for the rigorous 
mathematics curriculum required for high school graduation and 
successful postsecondary experiences. Therefore, providing Algebra I 
teachers with the very best resources and professional development to 
ensure effective instruction has become a priority in Kentucky and 
across the nation. This research study is designed to test, through a 
rigorous experimental design, an approach that combines online and 
technology enhanced instruction with face-to-face classroom instruction 
to address this need. This hybrid or ``blended'' approach has shown 
promising results in Kentucky and elsewhere.

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    Teachers who receive the intervention in this study will apply the 
hybrid approach using the Kentucky Virtual High School's (KVHS) online 
course curriculum in Algebra I. They will be supported by extensive 
professional development in hybrid instruction and research-based 
practices for teaching Algebra I. The KVHS course is fully aligned with 
national and new state standards for Algebra instruction. The results 
on improved instructional practices, classroom quality, and student 
learning will be compared to those in control sites in which Algebra I 
instruction will continue as it has with traditional classroom 
    Participating schools will be randomly assigned to either an 
intervention group or a control group in Spring 2008 and participating 
teachers will assume the intervention or control status assigned to 
their school. Baseline data collection for both intervention and 
control groups will begin in the fall of 2008, and continue each 
semester through spring 2010. Participating teachers in the 
intervention schools will begin professional development in May 2008, 
and will continue with the facilitated face-to-face online support of a 
master teacher as they implement the intervention in 2008-2009. 
Teachers will continue to have access to all of the online resources 
for instruction in 2009-2010, as well as on-demand support from KVHS. 
Results of the study will be made available following a technical 
review by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education 
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[FR Doc. E7-20100 Filed 10-11-07; 8:45 am]