ASSISTments Impact Study

We are seeking 6th, 7th, and 8th grade general education math teachers. Benefits for teachers include generous stipends and free high quality professional learning for teachers.

Study Timeline

Application Period

Rolling Basis: Participating 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teachers are selected
Rolling Basis (as needed):
Researcher completes district research application
Rolling Basis: Districts signs Memorandum of Understanding

2023-2024: Study Year

August 2023: Participating teachers new to ASSISTments receive training
Fall 2023: Participating teachers engage in the vPLC and begin using ASSISTments regularly
Spring 2024: Districts share demographic information for students in the study

2024-2025: Post Study Year

2024-2025: Participating teachers continue to use ASSISTments free of charge

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. 6th, 7th, and 8th grade general education 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 6th, 7th, and 8th grade general education math teachers. The study will take place during the 2023-2024 school year.

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Participating districts and teachers must meet the following criteria:

  • Districts sign an MOU and agree to share student demographic data
  • Teachers are:
    • 6th, 7th, or 8th grade general education teachers
    • Willing and able to consistently use ASSISTments to assign online
    • Use Google Classroom, Canvas, Schoology, or O365
  • Students are able to complete internet-based math classwork or homework

We do NOT require all teachers in a grade level to participate. We are specifically excited to serve minority, low-income and rural communities.

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Benefits for Participating Teachers
  • Contribute important knowledge to the field about math learning
  • 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teachers receive free high quality professional learning on an evidence-based tool proven to improve math achievement 
  • 6th, 7th, and 8th 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)
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The Experience

Teachers will be asked to:

  • Assign math problems using ASSISTments at least 3 times per week
  • Participate in two hours of new user training on ASSISTments, if currently not familiar with the platform
  • 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 (NWEA Map Growth Assessment), earning up to $500 for full participation
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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.

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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.

Participating teachers will follow 4 simple steps:
  1. Select and assign problems online in ASSISTments
  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.

"The collective knowledge was invaluable and having the space to share it was very beneficial."
"I left the meeting thinking... are we really finished already? I want to keep going!"
"I think this set the standard for remote PD facilitation. Tremendous job!"
  • 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.