Challenge

Schools in the United States have long struggled to deliver high-quality mathematics education to students with disabilities and students from underrepresented groups. Math for All (MFA) is one program that prepares grade K–5 teachers to help students with diverse strengths and needs—including those with disabilities—achieve high-quality, standards-based learning outcomes in mathematics.

EDC is conducting a randomized controlled trial of Math for All (MFA) to investigate its impact on teachers’ knowledge, skill, and classroom practices and on student academic achievement in mathematics.

Key Activities

The activities of the MFA study include the following:

  • Implement MFA professional development with 4th and 5th grade general and special education teachers from 16 schools
  • Conduct a randomized control trial to assess the impact of professional development on teachers’ knowledge, skills, and classroom practices and on student learning

Impact

  • By 2018, the project will have reached more than 100 teachers and 2,000 students.
  • A pilot test of the materials found that 83 percent of teachers rated the MFA professional development as “Excellent” or “Very good,” and 89 percent would recommend the MFA workshop to others.
  • The materials have been shown to increase teachers’ mathematical knowledge, skills, and classroom practices.
  • In a previous research study, MFA was found to have promise for positively affecting teachers’ classroom practices and students’ learning.

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DURATION
2014–Present
FUNDED BY
Institute for Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education
PARTNERS

Bank Street College of Education; ICF; Indiana University; Teachers College, Columbia University