The Center for Evaluation & Education Policy has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to study the impact of a program designed to provide effective math instruction for kindergarten through 5th grade students.
“Math for All” is a professional development program for teachers intended to help them teach math to a variety of learners at these grade levels. The program has been developed on the basis of current best practices and instructional theory, and there is some initial but inconclusive evidence that its use can help teachers with their instruction and in turn support student learning. So far Math for All has been piloted with several hundred teachers across several states. The four-year study, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, will investigate the effectiveness of the program for 256 teachers in 4th and 5th grades and their 6,400 students in 32 Chicago public schools.
John Hitchcock, director of the Center for Evaluation & Education Policy (CEEP) and associate professor of instructional systems technology at the Indiana University School of Education, serves as a co-principal investigator in the study. CEEP will help conduct a randomized controlled trial across selected Chicago schools to gauge program efficacy, comparing data on teacher knowledge and student outcomes in the Math for All schools to randomly assigned schools not using the program.
CEEP’s evaluation is part of a larger study that includes three other partner institutions. The principal investigator is Babette Moeller, managing project director at the Education Development Center in New York City and a co-author of Math for All. Other co-principal investigators are Barbara Dubitsky of the Bank Street College of Education, Ellen Meier with Teacher’s College at Columbia University and Teresa Duncan, senior fellow with ICF International, a research firm in Fairfax, Va.