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ASSISTments Impact Study

We are seeking teacher partners using EngageNY/Eureka, Open Up Resources, or Illustrative Math. Benefits for teachers include generous stipends and free high quality professional learning for teachers.

Why join the ASSISTments Impact Study?

Teachers that join the study will use ASSISTments, a free math practice and assessment platform that saves teachers time, and is proven to accelerate student math achievement in alignment with core curriculum. 7th grade teachers in the study will receive powerful professional learning on using ASSISTments to support data-driven instruction, and schools and teachers will earn generous stipends.

Participation Details

We are seeking 7th-grade teachers across 80 schools. The study will take place during the 2022-2023 school year.

Eligibility

Participating districts and teachers must meet the following criteria:

  • Districts sign an MOU and agree to share student demographic data
  • Teachers are:
    • 7th grade general education teachers
    • Use Eureka/EngageNY, Illustrative Math, or Open Up Resources as their main curriculum
    • Willing and able to consistently use ASSISTments to assign online from their curriculum
    • Use Google Classroom or Canvas
  • Students are new to using ASSISTments and are able to complete internet-based math classwork and homework

We are specifically excited to serve minority, low-income and rural communities.

Benefits for Participating Teachers
  • Contribute important knowledge to the field about math learning
  • 7th grade teachers receive free high quality professional learning on an evidence-based tool proven to improve math achievement 
  • 7th grade teachers can earn up to $1,300 in stipends ($800 for participating in PD, and up to $500 for data collection activities like surveys).
  • Participating schools will receive a $500 stipend and one year free access to our school wide data reports.
The Experience

7th grade teachers will be asked to:

  • Assign math problems from curriculum using ASSISTments at least 3 times per week
  • Participate in two hours of new user training on ASSISTments
  • Join a virtual professional learning community (vPLC), earning an $800 stipend for full participation (15-20 hours of synchronous and asynchronous learning).
  • Participate in 5-6 hours of data collection activities including interviews, surveys, and a student pre- and post-assessment, earning up to $500 for full participation.
Our Partners

This study is generously funded by the US Department of Education. The study is an independent evaluation conducted by WestEd. ASSISTments is a joint project between The ASSISTments Foundation and The ASSISTments Project @ Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Our virtual PLCs are in collaboration with the Center for Math Achievement at Lesley University.

Study Timeline

Application Period

May/June 2022: Participating teachers are selected
July 2022: Districts signs Memorandum of Understanding

2022-2023: Study Year

August 2022: 7th grade teachers receive ASSISTments training and begin using ASSISTments regularly
Fall 2022: 7th grade teachers participate in vPLC
Spring 2023: Districts share demographic information for students in the study

2023-2024: Post Study Year

2023-2024: Participating 7th grade teachers continue to use ASSISTments free of charge

Use of ASSISTments During the Study

ASSISTments is a free, research-based, formative assessment math platform used nationally by over 18,000 teachers and 500,000 students, primarily in grades 3-10.

Participating teachers will follow 4 simple steps:
  1. Select and assign problems online from EngageNY/Eureka, Illustrative Math or Open Up Resources (using Google Classroom or Canvas)
  2. Have students complete their assignments. They receive immediate feedback on the correctness of their response, and multiple attempts to get it right
  3. Review the assignment report. The actionable data insights, including common wrong answers, help teachers monitor student progress and plan future lessons.
  4. Share class data with students to support their own reflection and growth, and engage in math discussions.

Please note: schools can participate no matter what modality of teaching they are using, remote, face-to-face or hybrid learning model.

Benefits:
  • During the 2020-2021 school year, all 7th grade teachers (whether in the delayed-use or immediate-use group) will
  • Receive a stipend of $500 for full participation in research data collection activities 
  • Receive free access to NWEA MAP Growth assessment 
  • Per the above participation timeline, all 6th and 7th grade teachers will be invited to participate in the vPLC and earn an $800 stipend for full participation either during 2021-2022, or 2022-2023
Eligibility criteria: Participating districts and schools must meet the following criteria
  • 7th grade general education teachers are using Eureka/EngageNY, Illustrative Math, or Open Up Resources as their main curriculum, and willing to consistently use ASSISTments to assign from their curriculum.
  • 7th grade students in the school are able to complete internet-based math classwork and homework
  • The school is not already using ASSISTments in 6th grade or 7th grade

We are specifically excited to serve minority, low-income and rural communities.

We’d love for you to join our study.

We welcome applications and interest forms from teachers, school or district administrators.