IES Grant Enables EDC to Study Efficacy of Math for All

Babette Moeller

With a $3.5M, four-year grant award from the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences, EDC is conducting a randomized controlled trial with Grade 4 and 5 teachers and students from Chicago Public Schools to test the efficacy of Math for All, a professional development program developed by EDC and Bank Street College of Education and published by Corwin Press. Shown to have promise to positively affect teachers and students, Math for All prepares K–5 teachers to help students with diverse strengths and needs—including those with disabilities—achieve high-quality, standards-based learning outcomes in mathematics. EDC’s partners in the grant include Bank Street, ICF, Indiana University, and Teachers College, Columbia University.

Principal Investigator Babette Moeller (at left) notes, “In the study, we are examining the impact of Math for All on teachers’ knowledge, skill, and classroom practice—as well as on student achievement in mathematics. To date, the U.S. has struggled to ensure the mathematics proficiency of students—especially students with disabilities and from underrepresented groups. Math for All engages special educators and math teachers in collaborative lesson planning, helps them tailor instruction to help each student achieve high quality mathematics outcomes, and guides them in carrying out adapted lessons. With this study, we are hoping to advance the field’s knowledge of effective strategies to ensure each student reaches his or her full potential in mathematics.”

Last Updated: October 2016