The Expert Mathematician

Program basics

  • 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)

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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

Middle school-aged children

Program cost

Approximately $500 per student

Implementation locations

  • Not available

Dates active

2004–present

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.

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