Date of Award


Document Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education



First Advisor

Bernadette Newton


Curriculum and Instruction


This action research study investigated the effectiveness of two Title 1 math groups in a Title 1 neighborhood school. Each Title 1 group was composed of four first graders who were flagged as needing number identification intervention support by using Aims web, an online assessment tool. The action research examined the growth of the students’ number identification 0-20 over a 3 week intervention period. Daily formative assessment was used to guide instruction, students were part of the goal setting and tracking process, and students were progress monitored weekly using Aims web. After the 3 week intervention, the number identification Aims web growth of the first graders in the Title 1 intervention was compared with the first graders not part of the intervention. My data supports that the intervention was successful in raising Title 1 intervention Aims web number identification scores by an average of 19.25 numbers indentified in four weeks as compared to the control group of students who did not receive the intervention who raised their scores by 4.4 points in four weeks. The action research has shown the usefulness of Aims web as a formative assessment tool and the importance of goal setting with students. A further topic to investigate is teaching primary students how to set clear and understandable goals.