The COVID-19 pandemic led to substantial unfinished learning in math, exacerbating longstanding equity gaps in student math achievement. Educators now face the notable challenge of how best to teach grade level content while also helping their students catch up. Digital math products that supplement core teacher instruction are a promising option with multiple studies showing that the use of these products can improve students’ math achievement. Yet, there is still much to learn about the efficacy of two different instructional approaches that these products can take to help students catch up. The ReSolve Math Study aims to accomplish two learning goals:
(1 ) Provide evidence about which instructional support approach is most effective in helping to catch up elementary math students who start the year behind.
(2) Learn which instructional support approach works best for which students. For example: students who begin the year especially behind, students of color, English learners, and students with disabilities.
The U.S. Department of Education has commissioned MDRC and its partners at Digital Promise, Public Strategies, RAND, and Westat to conduct the ReSolve Math Study. The study team is currently developing partnerships with eligible districts and elementary schools to implement one of two digital math products with 4th and 5th grade students for two years and to participate in research activities aligned with the learning goals described above.