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Mathematics / Elementary

What mathematics programs have been proven to help elementary students to succeed? To find out, this review summarizes evidence on three types of programs designed to improve the mathematics achievement of students in grades K-6:

  • Mathematics Curricula (MC), such as Everyday Mathematics, Saxon Math, and other standard and alternative textbooks.
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction (CAI), such as Jostens/Compass Learning and SuccessMaker.
  • Instructional Process Programs (IP), such as cooperative learning, classroom management programs, and other approaches primarily intended to change teachers’ instructional strategies rather than curriculum or textbooks.

Full Report
Slavin, R. E. & Lake, C. (2007, February). Effective programs in elementary mathematics: A best-evidence synthesis. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University, Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education.

Additional source:
Slavin, R.E. & Lake, C. (2008, September). Effective programs in elementary mathematics: A best-evidence synthesis. Review of Educational Research, 78, 3, 427-515.

 


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