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.
- 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
Evidence and impacts
Ranked as having the second-highest level of evidence by the U.S. Department of Education What Works Clearinghouse
- 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
Best practices in 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.