Everyday Mathematics

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 overview

  • 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
Issue Areas
K-12 education
Target Population
Elementary and middle school-aged children
Cost per Participant
Between $160 and $260 per resource set

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

  • Note: This content is under review
  • 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.