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Rigorous Study Shows It Works.

April 26, 2019
Emma Berman

In a study conducted by SRI International published in 2016, ASSISTments was found to significantly increase math scores on standardized tests compared to control groups.

This study was found to meet the What Works Clearinghouse standards without reservations. The What Works Clearinghouse has reviewed all intervention that impact school outcome. They have identified 5 intervention  that have reliably raised student math scores. ASSISTments is now the 6th intervention in the country proven to raise math achievement.

To learn more about this study, read the peer-reviewed paper and the SRI press release. You can also read the WPI Newspaper article about the study.

THE FINDINGS: ASSISTMENTS HELPS TO CLOSE THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP

After analyzing the data collected in Maine, researchers concluded that:

  • Teachers targeted their homework reviews to focus on student difficulties and errors.
  • Students had significantly higher end-of-year mathematics achievement.  The use of ASSISTments caused 75% more learning than in a typical year.
  • Online homework had a greater impact for students with low prior achievement.

A RIGOROUS STUDY IN MAINE

In 2012, the Institute of Educational Sciences awarded SRI International and its partners, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and the University of Maine with a grant to conduct rigorous research on online mathematics homework in middle school. SRI paired participating schools with similar achievement levels, and then randomly assigned them to either use ASSISTments or continue with their existing homework practices. Teachers in the ASSISTments group were trained to use the tool to adapt instruction to their students’ needs. After a warm-up year, the teachers continued with using ASSISTments with their new students for another full school year. At the end of the full year, students in both groups took the same standardized mathematics test.

WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE STUDY?

Schools participating in our study across Maine

Over 2800 students from 43 schools in Maine participated in the study. Participants were 7th grade mathematics teachers and their students. Data collection ended in June 2015.

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