Cognitive Tutor - Algebra 1
Local governments can invest in this strategy using State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
- This strategy can help address educational disparities. The U.S. Department of Treasury has indicated that strategies that help achieve this outcome are eligible for the use of Fiscal Recovery Funds.
Investments in this strategy are SLFRF-eligible as long as they are made in qualified census tracts or are designed to assist populations or communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
- Secondary school math curriculum focuses on how students approach mathematics
- Teaching emphasizes connections between verbal, numeric, graphic, and algebraic representations of problems
- Curriculum includes a textbook, adaptive software, and collaborative activities
- Three periods per week are spent using the textbook for classroom activities, and two periods per week are spent using computer software
Strength of evidence
Evidence level: Proven (highest tier)
Proven (highest tier)
Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by the U.S. Department of Education What Works Clearinghouse
High school-aged children
- Not available
Outcomes and impact
- Mixed effect on algebra
- No discernable effect on general mathematics achievement
- Improved algebra scores by an average of 4 percentile points
Keys to successful implementation
- Note: this content is under review
- Provide teachers with at least four days of training with program materials.
- Work with teachers to identify how software can supplement their lessons and be integrated into the classroom.