3rd Grade Mathematics Study 2024-2025

We are seeking 3rd-grade teachers to pilot digital problem solving tools aligned with the Illustrative Mathematics curriculum. Participating teachers will receive exclusive access to these tools and a stipend up to $500.

Study Timeline

Application Period:
May - August 2024

Sign-up is available for 3rd grade teachers.

Research team will contact interested teachers about next steps.

September 2024 - January 2025

Participating teachers attend virtual training webinar + assign student pre-test in September.

Teachers will assign problems from Illustrative Mathematics. Classrooms will gain access to the problem-solving tools either during the fall or spring semester.

Teachers attend 3 additional workshops.

Final Activities:
January 2025

Teachers administer study assessments to students and complete a survey.

Teachers may be invited to participate in a brief interview about their experiences.

Teachers will receive a stipend after completing the study activities.

Why join the 3rd Grade Mathematics Study?

Mathematical problem-solving is at the heart of effective mathematics learning, yet it is an extremely complex topic for students and teachers. Digital problem-solving tools can help students model and justify their thinking. These virtual manipulatives offer advantages such as precision and clarity, speed of manipulation, and easy revision. Teachers can quickly gain insight into children’s mathematical thinking, which can then support rich conversations about their mathematical ideas.

Participation Details

We are currently seeking 3rd-grade mathematics teachers who use the Illustrative Mathematics Curriculum. The study will take place during the 2024-2025 school year.

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Participating districts and teachers must meet the following criteria:

  • Teach 3rd grade and use the Illustrative Mathematics Curriculum
  • Use one of the following platforms:
    • Google Classroom
    • Canvas
    • Blackboard
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Schoology
    • Brightspace
    • Moodle
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Benefits for Participating Teachers
  • Contribute important knowledge about math learning to the field.
  • Receive free, high-quality professional learning on an evidence-based tool (ASSISTments) shown to improve math achievement.
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  • 3rd grade teachers will receive up to $500 for completing study activities.
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The Experience

Participating teachers will:

  • Attend a series of 4 professional learning workshops (virtual, 60 min each).
  • Assign problem sets via ASSISTments that correspond with their Illustrative Mathematics units of study.
  • Complete a pre-and-post study questionnaire and an interview at the end.
  • Receive a stipend of up to $500.
  • Continue to receive free access to the tools during the 2025-26 school year.

Students will:

  • Complete a pre- and post-math assessment.
  • Complete the assigned problem sets.

Use of ASSISTments During the Study

ASSISTments Teacher is a free, research-based, formative assessment math platform where students get immediate feedback and teachers get reports highlighting student misconceptions and patterns of success and struggle. ASSISTments Teacher is 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 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.

  • 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.