Fraction Face Off

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.

Program basics

  • Fractions are an important skill to master before moving to more advanced math
  • Curriculum helps fourth-graders who are struggling to understand fraction problems
  • Program includes thirty-six lessons, taught three times a week for 12 weeks

Strength of evidence

Evidence level: Strong (second-highest tier)

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Strong (second-highest tier)

Ranked as having the second-highest level of evidence by the U.S. Department of Education What Works Clearinghouse


Target population

Elementary school-aged children

Program cost

$40 per print or electronic material set

Implementation locations

  • Not available

Dates active

Not available

Outcomes and impact

  • May increase student outcomes in geometry and measurement, number and operations, and general mathematics achievement
  • Improved geometry and measurement outcomes by an average of 33 percentile points
  • Improved number and operations outcomes by an average of 31 percentile points
  • Improved general mathematics achievement outcomes by an average of 24 percentile points

Keys to successful implementation

  • Ensure students are developing deep comprehension. Avoid teaching math shortcuts that yield the correct answer without requiring students to understand the underlying concepts.
  • Ask questions that uncover the mental approaches students take when working through exercises. Correct common misconceptions as quickly as possible so they will not become ingrained.
  • Train teachers to internalize the teaching script; they should know the scripts thoroughly but never read directly from them during class time.
  • Provide extensive teacher training to ensure familiarity with the Fraction Face Off approach and methodology, along with guidance on corrective feedback.
  • Encourage on-task behaviors and accurate work with a rewards-based behavioral management system.
  • Implement the program for small group settings of 2-8 students. A full classroom version is currently under development.

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