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A Concord Consortium Project


“I had never used a handheld and neither had my students. We were fast learners and it was fun!”
“This is a very exciting way to teach and extremely motivating to students.”
“The kids loved the units! They love hands-on activities and this was all new to them!”

The TEEMSS project evaluated student learning of the targeted standards, as well as project materials, teacher training, and classroom implementation.


Thirty-one teachers from 15 schools in Missouri, ten from Clarksville, Texas, and one from Brooklin, Maine, participated in the TEEMSS research in Year 2 (2005-2006 school year). The project reached 1183 students in 2006. Different schools used different platforms and sensor brands.

Research design

Teachers were divided into two groups.

Each group applied pre- and post-tests to their students in both Years 1 and 2. These tests were developed in collaboration with external evaluators at SRI, with questions drawn from existing standardized tests, and supplemented by unit-specific questions developed for TEEMSS. Validity testing of the assessments was conducted to select questions that were appropriate for the target grade level, to evaluate inter-rater reliability for scoring, and to compare student performance on matched pre/post variations of questions.

Other research data included teacher and student pre- and post-surveys, embedded assessments within the materials, and classroom observation. The surveys addressed background, experiences with the materials, opinions, and reflections. Classroom observation was conducted by trained observers from SuccessLink, using a protocol developed at the Concord Consortium, with the goal of learning how TEEMSS materials were used in the classroom, as well as their effectiveness.


Data from Year 1 show that TEEMSS students improved from pre- to post-test on all five unit tests they took: Sound, Human and Electronic Sensing, Water and Air Temperature, Pressure, and Motion. Read the complete report prepared by the Center for Technology in Learning at SRI International (SRI).

Comparisons of students' scores in non-TEEMSS classrooms to those in TEEMSS classrooms show significant advantages for TEEMSS. View TEEMSS research papers for further information.