WWC Summary of Evidence for this Intervention

Partnership for Access to Higher Mathematics (PATH Mathematics)

The Partnership for Access to Higher Mathematics (PATH Mathematics) is a partnership among the Southwest Texas State University, the local telephone company, and a local school district. This mathematics and social curriculum is designed for low-track students. The pilot project targeted 9th-graders, but it has been used with 8th-graders. The goals of PATH Mathematics are to increase the achievement of low-track students and to enhance their aspirations to take further mathematics classes and eventually to attend college. According to the developers, the math curriculum adheres to standards proposed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, emphasizes real-world applications, and integrates the use of manipulatives and technology to solve problems. The curriculum has six sequential topic areas: (1) patterns, integers, and solving equations, (2) measurement, probability, and rational numbers, (3) solving equations and graphing with proportional reasoning, (4) problem solving with geometry and irrational numbers; (5) linear and nonlinear relations; and (6) polynomials.

Reviewed Research

July 2007
 

As of July 2007, no studies of Partnership for Access to Higher Mathematics (PATH Mathematics) were found that fell within the scope of the Middle School Math review protocol and met WWC evidence standards. Therefore, the WWC is unable to draw any research based conclusions about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of Partnership for Access to Higher Mathematics (PATH Mathematics) to improve outcomes in this area.

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