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Persistence is Not Always Productive: How to Stop Students from Spinning their Wheels

What Works Clearinghouse Gives Top Marks to WPI-Developed Homework Program

The What Works Clearinghouse, a highly regarded federal research review of education products, has awarded ASSISTments its highest marks. It is a solution that “meets standards without reservations.”

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Study Shows WPI-developed Math Homework Tool Closes the Learning Gap

Results of a randomized control trial conducted by SRI Educational Research in public schools in Maine and published in the journal AERA Open by the American Education Research Association clearly quantify the benefits of ASSISTments.‍

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Researchers need to collaborate to address the challenges facing schools

ASSISTments serves as a unique shared scientific instrument in the social science world, continuing the forward push to do more randomized controlled experiments. Social science can reap the benefits of our cultural shift to the digital world and the many ways people interact with online platforms.

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Commentary: Ed Tech Does Help Close the Achievement Gap — When It Supports Teachers

There’s no doubt that education technology can make a big difference in the classroom. But the facts show that the key to closing the achievement gap is not providing more technology to students, but rather putting the right ed tech into the hands of teachers.

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Don’t Eliminate Homework. Make it More Effective

In the United States, there is an ongoing debate about whether homework is worthwhile, with critics saying that it’s busywork at best and, at worst, it’s detrimental to student learning. Only, the problem isn’t homework itself but how homework is done. Instead of implementing “no homework” policies, we can and should use technology to improve how students do their homework — or at least their math homework.‍

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Online Mathematics Homework Program Developed at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to be the Subject of More Than $7 Million in Rigorous Research Studies

Two grants from the Institute for Educational Sciences (IES) totaling over $7 million have been awarded to education researchers studying the impact of ASSISTments. Large and rigorous randomized controlled trials of online education tools for K-12 education are difficult to conduct and analyze. These grants will build upon a prior ASSISTments trial conducted by SRI Education, which was important in that it provided hard, comparative evidence of the impact of education technology.

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Nurturing Persistent Problem Solving

A veteran math teacher puts ASSISTments to the test and reports on how second-year algebra students learn to persevere in completing homework assignments through the use of the online homework platform.

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Maine schools experimenting with Web-based math homework

Middle school math classes have worked in much the same way for decades. Teachers send students home with a textbook and a set of problems. Students work out the solutions on paper and bring the answers in the next day. That changed at about 40 Maine schools, where students, mostly seventh-graders, tested out ASSISTments.

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Scientist Bring New Rigor to Education Research

Researchers are using tools borrowed from medicine and economics to figure out what works best in the classroom. Much of the new research goes beyond the simple metric of standardized tests to study learning in progress and the findings are beginning to fill in some blanks in that hugely complex puzzle called education.

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The Machines Are Taking Over

The New York Times profiles husband and wife team, Neil and Cristina Heffernan, and how they chose the address the achievement gap through a computer program that can mimic the individualized feedback of a human tutor.‍

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How We Protect Data at ASSISTments

Protecting student privacy is our top priority. At ASSISTments, we know that our students, parents, and schools have a clear and important right to their own data. Read on to learn how we protect our students' data.

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Persistence is not Always Productive: How to Stop Students from Spinning their Wheels

Students are often told to push themselves to the limit in the math classroom. But is this persistence always the most productive way for students to learn? ASSISTments founder Neil Heffernan weighs in about how students can move past spinning their wheels and start mastering math content.

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Who Decides if Ed Tech Even Works

Educators today are eager for solutions that have long seemed elusive to age-old challenges in education, including a widening achievement gap between our highest and lowest performers. Education technology will be part of the solution. Yet we cannot be blind to the risks.

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What Works Clearinghouse Gives Top Marks to WPI-Developed Homework Program

The What Works Clearinghouse, a highly regarded federal research review of education products, has awarded ASSISTments its highest marks. It is a solution that “meets standards without reservations.”

Read blog

The Machines Are Taking Over

The New York Times profiles husband and wife team, Neil and Cristina Heffernan, and how they chose the address the achievement gap through a computer program that can mimic the individualized feedback of a human tutor.‍

Read blog

Study Shows WPI-developed Math Homework Tool Closes the Learning Gap

Results of a randomized control trial conducted by SRI Educational Research in public schools in Maine and published in the journal AERA Open by the American Education Research Association clearly quantify the benefits of ASSISTments.‍

Read blog

Scientists Bring New Rigor to Education Research

Researchers are using tools borrowed from medicine and economics to figure out what works best in the classroom. Much of the new research goes beyond the simple metric of standardized tests to study learning in progress and the findings are beginning to fill in some blanks in that hugely complex puzzle called education.

Read blog

Researchers need to collaborate to address the challenges facing schools

ASSISTments serves as a unique shared scientific instrument in the social science world, continuing the forward push to do more randomized controlled experiments. Social science can reap the benefits of our cultural shift to the digital world and the many ways people interact with online platforms.

Read blog

Nurturing Persistent Problem Solving

A veteran math teacher puts ASSISTments to the test and reports on how second-year algebra students learn to persevere in completing homework assignments through the use of the online homework platform.

Read blog

Maine schools experimenting with Web-based math homework

Middle school math classes have worked in much the same way for decades. Teachers send students home with a textbook and a set of problems. Students work out the solutions on paper and bring the answers in the next day. That changed at about 40 Maine schools, where students, mostly seventh-graders, tested out ASSISTments.

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