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The effects of online homework on achievement in college preparatory mathematics classes

This study investigated the effects the online homework system MathXLforschools.com (MXL) had on student achievement as measured by exam scores in a high school Algebra 1 course. One hundred eight high school students, ranging from ninth to eleventh grade, from three different Algebra 1 classes, participated in the study. All three classes were taught by the author. The scores on a benchmark and final exam of students who completed homework using the MXL online homework system were compared to the scores of students who completed their homework using their textbook. During the first semester of the 2013 – 2014 school year all participants of the study completed their homework using only their textbooks. The study then compared the first quarter benchmark scores of participants who completed their homework using the MXL online homework system with their third quarter benchmark scores. In addition, the study compared the semester one final exam scores of the same participants with their semester two final exam scores. The study found that there was no statistical difference in exam scores of students who completed homework using MXL compared to students who completed homework using their textbook.

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