The US Department of Education program seeks to identify and test evidence-based, digital interventions that improve student math achievement
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., December 15, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ExploreLearning Frax®—a new adaptive, game-based program that helps students learn fractions—has been selected by the Institute of Education Sciences as a Phase 1 Math Prize finalist for the IES Learning Acceleration Challenges, moving Frax to Phase 2 where partner schools will implement the intervention between November 2022 and April 2023 to evaluate effectiveness in the classroom.
The US Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) developed the 2022 Learning Acceleration Challenges to help identify and test interventions to improve math and science achievement. In 2019, results from the nation’s report card showed that 54% of fourth graders with disabilities scored below NAEP Basic in math, compared to just 15% of their peers without disabilities. Today, COVID-19 has only exacerbated the problem.
The IES Learning Acceleration Challenges Math Prize sought proposals for innovative school-based, digital interventions that can significantly improve math outcomes, particularly focused on fractions, for upper elementary students with or at risk of disabilities that affect math performance. Judges scored Phase 1 participants against selection criteria that included the strength of evidence demonstrating the program’s research-based potential to improve math outcomes, program scalability, and the degree to which it aligns with the learning needs of students who struggle with math.
We are very honored to be named a Phase 1 Math Prize finalist,” said Dr. David Shuster, president and founder of ExploreLearning. “Fraction knowledge uniquely predicts success in high school math, but studies show that the most important basic math skill not developed among American students. To unblock the critical path to student success, Frax uses recent evidence-based insights into the most effective ways to teach fractions. The ability to participate in Phase 2 gives us the opportunity to validate our approach through the rigorous peer review that the IES Learning Acceleration Challenges provide.”
In phase 2, partner schools will implement Frax and Reflex®– an adaptive, game-based program to build math fact fluency also included in the proposal – using a randomized controlled trial (RCT) design to measure changes in student assessment scores from fall to spring. IES will use the study results to help select the 2022 Math Prize Phase 2 winners in September 2023.
The research project leader, Dr. Megan Conrad, recently joined ExploreLearning as part of the company’s expanded effort to demonstrate the instructional impact of its programs. She has over ten years’ experience with primary research in academia, carrying out and publishing research on educational interventions in school environments.
ExploreLearning®, part of Cambium Learning Group, is an education technology company creating seriously fun solutions for the most critical challenges in K-12 STEM learning. Our award-winning digital programs – Gizmos®Reflex®Frax® and Science4Us®– Create confident math and science teachers by delivering experiences that students and teachers know they can trust and are happy to use. Learn more about Serious Fun at www.explorelearning.com.
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