MIT Poverty Lab Endorses ASSISTments

September 25, 2017

MIT's Poverty Action Lab cites ASSISTments as one of the most promising educational technologies.

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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

August 20, 2017

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

October 24, 2016

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

October 8, 2015

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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Scientists Bring New Rigor to Education Research

July 15, 2014

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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Maine schools experimenting with Web-based math homework

December 20, 2012

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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The Machines Are Taking Over

September 14, 2012

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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A Gift Born From Peril

May 5, 2011

The Boston Globe profiles ASSISTments founder Neil Heffernan, who tells the story of his experience as a middle school math teacher and how a brain tumor inspired him to start ASSISTments.

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