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The study examines whether elementary school students in Taiwan who
had received Montessori education achieved significantly higher scores on tests of
language arts, math, and social studies than students who attended non-Montessori
elementary programs. One hundred ninety six children in first, second, and third
grade participated in the study. Children’s scores were measured by Elementary
School Language Ability Achievement Test (ESLAAT), Elementary School Math
Ability Achievement Test (ESMAAT), and Social Studies Ability Achievement
Test (SSAAT). One-way multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) showed that
students who had Montessori experience had a significantly higher score in language
arts in all three grade levels. In math, first grade students scored higher but
not second and third grade students. However, in social studies, students who had
received Montessori education did not score significantly higher than the non-
Montessori students. There was also no significant difference between the number
of years spent in Montessori programs and students’ language arts, math, and social
studies test scores in first, second, and third grade.
Md-Yunus, ShamAh and Peng, Hsin-Hui, "Do Students in Montessori Schools Perform Better on Achievement Tests? A Taiwanese Perspective" (2014). Faculty Research and Creative Activity. 25.