Mathematics Performance and Reading Skills
Mathematics Performance and Reading Skills is a §study of the correlation between a student s reading §skills and that student s ability to solve math §problems, particularly word problems. Fifty-eight §students from a private school in a southwest city §in the United States comprised the study s sample §population. The data for the quantitative analysis §was derived from students scores on the Stanford §Achievement Test. A qualitative analysis was §employed by evaluating recordings of six students §attempting to solve word problems.§Reading skills are correlated to a student s ability §to solve math problems. However, this correlation is §not as strong as one may believe. Specifically, §a student's problem-solving sessions may reveal that §a student s ability to read and §understand word problems is not significantly §correlated to §that student s ability in the context of mathematics §problems involving decoding and setting. §Consequently, evaluation of another set of skills, §other than reading skills, may be necessary before §attempting to predict a student s success in §mathematics problem solving.