We are recruiting schools and teachers in the School District of Philadelphia to participate in a math intervention for 6th graders. The intervention consists of a suite of interactive, computer-based modules designed to improve student math achievement by incorporating principles of cognitive science, such as:

  • Perceptual learning techniques that accelerate learners’ abilities to recognize and discriminate key structures and relations in complex domains, and
  • Adaptive learning algorithms that use a constant stream of performance data, combined with principles of learning and memory, to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of learning by adapting the learning process to each individual.

All of the modules that are being tested in this project are aligned with the Common Core State Standards and Philadelphia’s Scope and Sequence for 6th grade mathematics. Moreover, they have been shown to produce strong and long-lasting learning gains for students in math achievement, especially in areas known to be especially challenging in middle school math, such as measurement and operations with fractions.

Teachers will be compensated for their participation in the study. In addition, all participating schools will be provided with access to the suite of learning modules, complete with professional development, technology support, and customized assistance in curriculum integration.

This study has received the support and approval of the School District of Philadelphia and is funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. The study is being conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Los Angeles.

For more information about the intervention, the benefits of participation, and how you can participate, please navigate to the links above.