The COVID-19 pandemic led to significant unfinished learning among elementary school students, particularly in math. By some estimates, the pandemic has left struggling students as many as nine months behind. These unprecedented disruptions have put teachers in a tough position: teachers still need to teach grade level math content but now also support students’ increasingly unique needs as they catch up. Educators need tools to dramatically accelerate math learning. Digital math products that supplement core teacher instruction are a promising option backed by multiple research studies. Yet, there is still much to learn about their effectiveness and open questions about how they can be most helpful for students.
The ReSolve Math Study will determine how best to use high-quality digital math products to accelerate 4th and 5th grade students’ math learning. The study team will be working with two digital math products, Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready and Personalized Instruction and Renaissance Learning’s Star Math Assessment and Freckle. Starting in Fall 2024, participating schools will receive two years of free access to one of the two products and the study team will study their effects on student learning.
Participating schools will receive licenses and associated teacher training for one of the two study products. All 4th and 5th grade students in participating schools will receive access to the product’s adaptive learning platforms that tailor instruction to students’ individual needs. To permit the study to generate evidence on how best to accelerate math learning, the study team will use a lottery to assign students to one of two instructional modes on the product’s learning platform.
ReSolve Math Study Criteria for Participation
The study team is looking to partner with districts that have Title I eligible elementary schools (must serve grades 4 & 5) meeting the following criteria:
50% or more 4th graders scoring below proficient on the latest state standardized math assessment (at least thirty students).
Would benefit from consistent, supported use of a high-quality math ed tech product.