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The MARRS Project

The MARRS (Monitoring and Acting on Remote Real-Time Student Performance) project aimed to explore the impact of using a Comprehensive Assessment and Data System (CADS) in schools.

The evidence-based reasons for schools to purchase a CADS include:

  • Improved student performance: The use of CADS has been shown to improve student performance by providing real-time data on student progress and areas for improvement.
  • Better decision making: The data collected by CADS enables teachers to make more informed decisions about student learning and support.
  • Increased engagement: The use of CADS has been associated with increased student engagement and motivation, as well as improved behavior.
  • Improved teacher performance: CADS provides teachers with a comprehensive view of student progress, enabling them to make more informed decisions about instruction and support.
  • Increased accountability: CADS helps schools to hold themselves accountable for student learning by providing clear and accurate data on student progress.

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*It is important to note that while the use of CADS can provide many benefits, it should not be the sole basis for decisions about student learning and support. Other factors, such as teacher input and individual student needs, should also be considered. 

The MARRS Project was an educational study that aimed to improve classroom listening and academic achievement by amplifying the teacher's voice with a wireless FM microphone system. The study found that 20-25% of the school population had minimal hearing loss which caused academic difficulties, and that the amplification of the teacher's voice resulted in significant improvement in the academic achievement test scores of these students. The results of the study showed that the use of sound-field amplification was more cost-effective than resource room instruction, improved student attention and behavior, and reduced the need for special class placement. The study was recognized as an exemplary educational program by the National Diffusion Network in 1981.