The Expert Mathematician

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

  • 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
Issue Areas
K-12 education
Cost per Participant
Approximately $500 per student

Evidence and impacts


Ranked as having the second-highest level of evidence by the U.S. Department of Education What Works Clearinghouse

  • 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

Best practices in 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.