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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.
- Three-year program to help middle-school students develop mathematical thinking and communications ability
- Uses software and print materials that work to improve mathematical understanding in 196 lessons
- Lessons range from 40–120 minutes, often combining computer-based instruction with workbook activities
Strength of evidence
Evidence level: Strong (second-highest tier)
Strong (second-highest tier)
Ranked as having the second-highest level of evidence by the U.S. Department of Education What Works Clearinghouse
Middle school-aged children
Approximately $500 per student
- Not available
Outcomes and impact
- Potentially positive effects on general math achievement
- Math achievement outcomes improved by an average of 14 percentile points
- Positive impact on learning attitudes and confidence among students
Keys to successful implementation
- Content currently under review
- Training and professional development opportunities for teachers ensure that the curriculum is delivered with fidelity and student progress is accurately assessed.
- Buy-in at the school district and instructor level help ensure successful implementation.
- The software and print materials package accommodates diverse learning styles and varying language proficiencies. Instructors should customize materials for students accordingly.