Topic Area Focus
The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) review focuses on curriculum-based interventions, which contain learning goals that spell out the mathematics that students should know and be able to do, instructional programs and materials that organize the mathematical content, and assessments. The WWC has broken the broad topic of math curricula into two reviews: middle school math and elementary school math.
The report uses systematic reviews of evidence to address the following questions:
Curriculum-based interventions. A curriculum-based math intervention will be defined in this review as a replicable, materials-based instructional program central to students' regular learning activities for which
Curricula may be based on text materials, computer software, videotapes, or any other materials base, or combination thereof. Interventions of short duration (e.g., less than one semester) or that merely supplement an existing curriculum (e.g., tutorial program) are excluded.
We will consider only core curriculum for continuous review. Core math curricula are defined as instructional programs that