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ASSISTments Impact Study

Calling 7th grade math teachers to join an exciting study. You must be using EngageNY/Eureka, Open Up Resources, or Illustrative Math to apply. Benefits include generous stipends for participation, and access to free high quality virtual professional learning.

Why join the ASSISTments Impact Study?

This study is designed to find out what works in education. By participating you will make an important contribution to the field of math learning. As a teacher you will have the opportunity to participate in a powerful professional learning community with educators from around the country, use a tool proven to improve math achievement and earn between $500-$1,300 for full participation in study activities. Participation will not disrupt your classroom routine, or take away from instructional time because ASSISTments is designed to work with teachers’ core curriculum, and make the experience better with data.

Participation Details

We are recruiting 40 schools (all 7th grade teachers in the school will join the study). The study will take place during the 2021-2022 school year and will include an optional additional year of free professional development during 2022-2023. Teachers will receive a stipend of $500-$1,300 for full participation in study activities. See details under Benefits below.

Eligibility

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
  • 7th grade general education teachers are willing to consistently use ASSISTments to assign from their curriculum via either Google Classroom or Canvas
  • 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.

Benefits
  • Contribute important knowledge to the field about math learning
  • Free professional development that supports teachers with leveraging data to monitor student progress and improve instruction
  • 7th grade teachers in the study that complete all research activities (for example surveys, interviews) will  receive $500 
  • $800 stipend for full participation in the virtual professional learning community (open to 7th grade teachers in the study, as well as 6th grade teachers) 
  • 7th grade students will receive free access to NWEA MAP® Growth assessment during the 2021-22 school year at no cost to the district. Districts already subscribed will be subsidized.
The Experience

Participating schools will be assigned to one of two groups, Group A and Group B.

7th grade teachers in Group A schools will be required to:

  • Assign at least 50% of math problems from their curriculum using ASSISTments 
  • 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).

7th grade teachers in Group B schools will continue their current methods during the study year.

7th grade teachers in Groups A and B will participate in 5-6 hours of data collection activities such as interviews and surveys throughout the study year and earn $500 for full participation.

All 6th and 7th grade teachers in both Group A and B schools will have the opportunity to use ASSISTments, participate in the vPLC and earn $800 stipend either in 2021-2022 or 2022-2023 for full participation (see study timeline for details)

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

Participating schools will follow slightly different timelines. Download the detailed program calendar here.
Application Period

July 2021: Selected schools are randomly assigned to Group A or B

2021-2022: Study Year

August 2021: 7th grade teachers in Group A schools receive ASSISTments training and begin using ASSISTments regularly
Fall 2021: 7th grade teachers in Group A schools participate in vPLC
Spring 2022 6th grade teachers in Group B schools participate in vPLC (optional)

2022-2023: Optional Additional Year of Professional Development Benefits

August 2022: 7th grade teachers in Group B schools receive ASSISTments training (optional)
Fall 2023: 7th grade teachers in Group B schools participate in vPLC (optional)
Spring 2023: 6th grade teachers from Group A schools participate in vPLC (optional)

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.