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.
- Comprehensive Pre-K through grade 6 mathematics program developed at the University of Chicago
- Curriculum is based on field-tested approaches and rigorous research of inclusive math programs around the world
- Teaching methods include the use of technology, teaching real-life problem solving, improving home/school partnership
Evidence and impacts
Ranked as having the second-highest level of evidence by the U.S. Department of Education What Works Clearinghouse
- Improved scores on math computation, numeration, reasoning, geometry, and data skills
- Reduced math achievement gaps within classrooms
- Increased student participation in classroom activities
Best practices in implementation
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- Curriculum places an emphasis on problem solving, reasoning and making connections between math and everyday life.
- Curriculum is also able to support differentiated instructional practices across classrooms so that teachers and math coaches are able to find the methods suited to their students.
- Partnerships with district math coaches and school administrators enable greater support for teachers and ensure that curriculum is appropriately tailored to student skill levels.
- Official trainings and regular professional development opportunities help ensure high fidelity classroom implementation.