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2022 IES Learning Acceleration Challenges

The IES Learning Acceleration Challenges took place from August 2022 to August 2023. The challenges were intended to identify and test interventions to improve math and science achievement.

IES Learning Acceleration Challenges: Math Prize

The Math Prize called for school-based, digital interventions to significantly improve math outcomes, especially in the area of fractions, for upper elementary school students with or at risk for a disability that affects math.

Two finalists were selected to participate in Phase 2 of the Math Prize based on scoring by judges against the Phase 1 selection criteria. The finalists were awarded $25,000 each:

  • Finalist 1: The DRUM (Digital Rational Number) Intervention
  • Finalist 2: ExploreLearning

In Phase 2, finalists implemented their interventions at partner schools between November 2022 and April 2023. At the completion of Phase 2, the judging panel scored the Phase 2 submissions according to a rigorous set of criteria that included impact (as evaluated by a randomized controlled trial), cost effectiveness, scalability, and sustainability. The panel did not recommend any Phase 2 Prizes.

We are collecting feedback from participants and other challenge stakeholders to improve any future challenge opportunities.

IES Learning Acceleration Challenges: Science Prize

The judging panel did not recommend any finalists for the Science Prize. We recognize this challenge was an ambitious and rapid effort to improve science achievement. With the knowledge gained from this challenge, we hope to continue to design opportunities that encourage transformative, innovative change within education. Thank you to all who participated.

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