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*RELs work in partnership with states and districts to 1) conduct original high quality research, 2) provide training, coaching, and technical support, and 3) disseminate high quality research findings about how to support achievement in math. A selected list of resources developed by the REL Program appears below.*

**Publications**

*Impact of Providing Information to Parents in Texas About the Role of Algebra II in College Admission*(REL Southwest, March 2018). This study examined whether providing parents in Texas with an informational brochure about the role of Algebra II in college admission had an impact on students' Algebra II completion rates in grade 11. The study related to the passage of Texas House Bill 5, which made Algebra II optional to graduate high school.*Trends in Algebra II completion and failure rates for students entering Texas public high schools*(REL Southwest, February 2018). This study examines trends in the percentage of students who enrolled in Algebra II, complete Algebra II, and pass/fail their first advanced mathematics course (any mathematics course above geometry) by the end of their junior year for students who entered grade 9 during the 2004–05 through 2014–15 school years. The findings include the first class to graduate under new state requirements that made Algebra II optional to graduate.*Associations Between Predictive Indicators and Postsecondary Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Success Among Hispanic Students in Texas*(REL Southwest, November 2017). Demand for skilled workers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is growing rapidly, yet Hispanics remain underrepresented in these high-paying fields as well as among those earning STEM degrees. This study identified factors that predict whether Hispanic and non-Hispanic high school students in Texas will go on to pursue or earn a postsecondary STEM degree.*Advanced Course Offerings and Completion in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in Texas Public High Schools*(REL Southwest, October 2017). In Texas, where about half of K–12 students are Hispanic, educators are working to increase the number of Hispanic students earning postsecondary degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This study examined Texas high school students' access to and completion of advanced STEM courses, with a focus on Hispanic students.*Advanced Course Completion Rates among New Mexico High School Students following changes in graduation requirements*(REL Southwest, October 2017). An effort to promote college and career readiness, the state of New Mexico passed a law in 2008 requiring high school students to complete at least one unit of advanced coursework (for example, Advanced Placement, gifted and talented, honors, and International Baccalaureate courses) in order to graduate. The purpose of this was to study examine the completion of advanced coursework during the period following the legislative change for all high school students in New Mexico who were freshmen in 2009/10, 2010/11, and 2011/12 and were in a New Mexico high school for four years.*Impact of the Developing Mathematical Ideas Professional Development Program on Grade 4 Students' and Teachers' Understanding of Fractions*(REL Southeast, April 2017). A recent literature review of rigorous studies found only limited support for the assertion that teacher professional development (PD) in mathematics can improve student mathematics performance. This study adds to the limited evidence base by evaluating a PD program, Developing Mathematical Ideas (DMI).*Examining English Learner Students' Algebra I Repeating Patterns: How Do Rates Vary Based on When Students Are Reclassified?*(REL West, February 2017). Previous research has done little to explore the Algebra I performance and repetition patterns among long-term English learner students or to examine the manner in which performance in and repetition of Algebra I varies across different English learner student subgroups. This study addresses this gap by examining variation in performance and course repetition patterns among different English learner student subgroups.*Predicting Math Outcomes from a Reading Screening Assessment in Grades 3–8*(REL Southeast, September 2016). This study explores the use of a universal screening assessment of reading skills for the identification of students who are at risk for low achievement in mathematics and provides support for the interpretation of screening scores to inform instruction. The study results demonstrate that a reading screening assessment predicted poor performance on a mathematics outcome with similar levels of accuracy as screening assessments that specifically measure mathematics skills.*The Effects of the Elevate Math Summer Program on Math Achievement and Algebra Readiness*. (REL West, July 2015). This randomized trial examined the effects of the Elevate Math summer program on math achievement and Algebra readiness, as well as math interest and self-efficacy, among rising 8th grade students in California's Silicon Valley. The Elevate Math summer math program targets students who score in the range between "high basic" and "low proficient" on state math tests.*Participation and Pass Rates for College Preparatory Transition Courses in Kentucky*(REL Appalachia, January 2015) The purpose of this study was to examine Kentucky high school students' participation and pass rates in college preparatory transition courses, which are voluntary remedial courses in math and reading offered to grade 12 students in the state.*Gearing Up to Teach the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in Rural Northeast Region Schools*(REL Northeast and Islands, December 2014). This study describes key challenges and necessary supports related to implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics identified by rural math educators in the Northeast. The research team interviewed state and district math coordinators and surveyed teachers to assess their most pressing challenges and associated needs.*Who Repeats Algebra I, and How Does Initial Performance Relate to Improvement When the Course is Repeated?*(REL West, November 2014). This study explores the prevalence of students repeating Algebra I, who is most likely to repeat the course, and the level of improvement for students who repeat. Using six years of data from a cohort of 3,400 first-time seventh grade students in a California school district, authors found that 44 percent of students repeated Algebra I.*Using Assessment Data to Guide Math Course Placement of California Middle School Students*(REL West, September 2014). This report provides findings from a study of placements that were based on different test scores available for middle school students in California. Findings indicate that placement into grade 8 Algebra I based solely on students' grade 6 California Standards Test (CST) proficiency status results in some students taking the course who have less than a 40 percent chance of succeeding.*Meeting Oregon's New High School Math Graduation Requirements: Examining Student Enrollment and Teacher Availability*(REL Northwest, April 2012). The study was motivated by a 2005 Oregon law that requires students to take three years of mathematics courses at the Algebra I level or above (advanced math), beginning with the Class of 2014. This study examines the percentage of Oregon students enrolled in high school-level math courses during 2006/07 and 2007/08 who would have been on track to graduate had the new mathematics requirements been in place.

**Works in Progress**

*How does middle school Algebra I relate to teacher qualifications?*(REL Central). This study is designed to address a high-leverage issue of improving mathematics outcomes in the middle grades. In particular, this study seeks to better understand which teacher qualifications (e.g., certification type, college course work, and mathematical knowledge), if any, are associated with student achievement in Algebra I at the middle school level.*Mississippi Mathematics Enrollment Sequences*(REL Southeast). Effective with the 2014/15 school year, Mississippi adopted new academic standards and courses aligned to these new standards. The Mississippi Department of Education is interested in understanding the student and school demographic profiles by mathematics sequences (for example, integrated versus subject specific) which were followed under these new course options.*PLC Facilitator's Guide for Improving Student Mathematical Problem Solving*(REL Southeast). The facilitator's guide will be a set of professional development materials designed to supplement the IES practice guide, Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 through 8 (Woodward et al., 2012). The practice guide provides research-based recommendations for teachers to incorporate into their classroom practice. The facilitator's guide will be designed to complement and extend the practice guide by providing teachers in a PLC setting with additional, step-by-step guidance for the best ways to implement some of these evidence-based recommendations.*Supporting Teacher Enactment of the Probability and Statistics Standards (STEPSS)*(REL Southeast). This study will investigate whether the STEPSS intervention increases students' conceptual understanding in statistics as compared with practice as usual through a randomized controlled trial. STEPSS includes two complementary components: four days of teacher professional development workshops in statistics, and implementation of 11 lessons designed to teach the grade 7 statistics and probability standards created by the American Statistical Association (Bridging the Gap and Statistics Education Web). STEPSS teachers will replace the current district-adopted textbook (HMH GO Math!) for the 20-day unit on statistics and probability with the 11-lesson unit. The study will use the Levels of Conceptual Understanding of Statistics (LOCUS) assessment to measure students' conceptual understanding in statistics.*Understanding the Impact of Providing Information to Parents about the Role of Algebra II: An Opportunistic Study*(REL Southwest). REL Southwest is working with the Texas Education Agency to carry out an opportunistic experiment to determine whether directly providing information, prior to students' selection of their courses, to parents/guardians on the importance of students' completing Algebra II for college access and success has an impact on the percentage of students who enroll in and complete Algebra II by the end of their junior year.*Understanding Mathematics Course-Taking Pathways for Algebra 1*(REL Appalachia). In Virginia, students must pass Algebra I to earn a high school diploma. Across the five Virginia Student Success in Mathematics (SSM) partnership school divisions, Algebra I is a significant stumbling block for students. The purpose of this study is to build a foundation of knowledge about Algebra I course-taking pathways in Virginia. This study will identify the most typical mathematics pathways to Algebra I in Virginia, and then provide descriptive information about the characteristics and prior performance of students and the outcomes of students.*What foundational skills matter for Algebra I success?*(REL Central). The proposed study is designed to address the regional high-leverage issue of improving mathematics outcomes in the middle grades. This issue is aligned to the U.S. Department of Education priority of ensuring college and career readiness because students who struggle in Algebra I often do not enroll in higher-level math courses. To address this need, we propose to conduct a study to identify the foundational knowledge and skills that are needed for Algebra I success.

**Archived Webinars**

*Assisting Struggling Students with Mathematics*(REL Central, September 21, 2017). This webinar presents research-based approaches to assisting students who are struggling in math. It focuses on recommendations from the What Works Clearinghouse practice guide Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention for Elementary and Middle Schools (Gersten et al., 2009). The webinar includes examples of instructional strategies related to those recommendations and resources and actionable knowledge that educators can implement to meet the needs of students.*Practices for Raising Student Achievement in Rural Districts*(REL Central, May 24, 2016). Matthew Irvin, PhD (University of South Carolina) shares an overview of his work on the effective use of online learning in rural schools with a particular focus on the effective use of learner-centered principles from an experimental study on student retention in distance education courses in rural schools.*Changing Developmental Math from a Gatekeeper to a Bridge: The Promise of New Math Pathways*(REL Northwest, May 18, 2016). Few students who take postsecondary remedial or developmental math courses progress to college math and achieve their educational goals. This webinar recording highlights innovative strategies and policies community colleges are implementing across the country to create new developmental math pathways that use engaging content aligned to students' fields of study and reduce barriers to college success.*Mathematical Thinking and Communication: Access for English Learner Students*(REL Northeast and Islands, December 8, 2015). Although many educators consider mathematics to be a "universal language" and assume that English learner students (ELs) can do well in math independent of language, research shows that the ability to understand math and reason mathematically is closely linked to language proficiency. This webinar presents current research findings that demonstrate the importance of language proficiency for math learning among ELs. Participants engage with visual representations and explore their use to support mathematical reasoning and communication for English learners.*Building Educators' Understanding of Early Math to Promote Students' Later Math Success*(REL West, October 22, 2015). In this archived webinar, Dr. Douglas Frye and Dr. Akihiko Takahashi share practical, research-based information about the IES Teaching Math to Young Children Practice Guide and recommendations for instruction.*Planting the Seeds for CCSS-M*(REL West, October 22, 2015). In this video, Dr. Akihiko Takahashi emphasizes the importance of problem solving when teaching mathematics to young students. He contrasts problem solving, “a task for which the solution is not known in advance,” with exercises which students already know how to solve. Takahashi encourages teachers to challenge students to explore multiple strategies for problem solving.*Mathematics Instruction and the Common Core: Where Do We Go from Here?*(REL Mid-Atlantic, October 1, 2015). In this webinar, Dr. William Schmidt of Michigan State University led a discussion of how the Common Core Standards affect the content of math instruction and presented helpful instructional tools for promoting the higher order conceptual thinking found in the standards.*Supporting Hispanic Students Preparing for STEM Careers - Practitioner Presentation*(REL Southwest, September 24, 2015). The webinar presents research on factors that influence Hispanic students' success in attaining science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) degrees, as well as strategies to support Hispanic students in preparing for college in STEM disciplines.*Coaching to Assist Teachers of Students Struggling in Mathematics*(REL Central, September 17, 2015). This webinar provided participants with a deeper understanding of how mathematics coaching can support teachers with students who are struggling to learn mathematics. This coaching increases teacher knowledge about intervention instruction in mathematics and the impact of monitoring students' progress through available resources, and warns against content and instructional practices that actually interfere with struggling students learning mathematics.*Teaching Rational Numbers to Middle Schoolers*(REL Appalachia, August 26, 2015). REL Appalachia held a webinar on instructional strategies for improving instruction on rational numbers, a critical concept area in middle school mathematics. The webinar addressed the reasons students struggle with rational numbers and why it is a difficult subject to teach. It also provided specific, research-based strategies for teaching foundational concepts within the subject area.*Teaching Math to Young Children*(REL Southwest, April 15, 2015). This bridge event webinar, “Teaching Math to Young Children,” was hosted by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest on April 15, 2015. The webinar presents an overview of the What Works Clearinghouse Teaching Math to Young Children practice guide, with a focus on teaching children to view their world mathematically.*Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 Through 8*(REL Appalachia, September 30, 2014). This webinar provided recommendations for instruction to improve students' problem-solving skills, along with strategies for division-level leaders as they make curricular decisions and develop and implement professional development for teachers. This event focused on the research and recommendations found in IES Practice Guides "Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 through 8" and "Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools."*Identifying and Assisting Elementary and Middle School Students Struggling with Mathematics*(REL Appalachia, December 4, 2013).This webinar focuses on equipping elementary and middle school mathematics teachers and curriculum coaches with: 1) research-based recommendations or identifying students struggling with mathematics, and 2) guidance on strengthening mathematics instruction and support for these students.*Improving Alaska Students' College Math Readiness*(REL Northwest, December 2013). High school and college math faculty and administrators learned about rigorous research on reforms and interventions geared toward improving students' preparation for postsecondary math courses.*Instructional Shifts in the CCSS for Mathematics*(REL West, October 11, 2012). This 90-minute webinar by Phil Daro, Site Field Director at Strategic Education Research Partnership and conference presenter, featured a more in-depth discussion of the topic.*Using Online Courses to Expand Access to Algebra I*(REL Northeast and Islands, May 17, 2012). Two new studies funded by the Institute for Education Sciences explore the impact of an online Algebra I course on student achievement. While the studies tested different interventions with different populations of students, both found that an online course could be effective at helping students learn Algebra.

**Videos**

*Two Classroom Strategies to Reduce Students' Math Anxiety*(REL Northwest). Math anxiety affects day-to-day math performance and can keep students away from entire career paths. So, how can we stop math anxiety from spreading? Developed in partnership with Washington STEM, this REL Northwest video demonstrates two evidence-based strategies for reducing elementary students' math anxiety.

**Infographics**

*Impact of Providing Information to Parents in Texas About the Role of Algebra II in College Admission*(REL Southwest)*Solving Mathematical Problems in More than One Way: A Guide for Middle School Teachers*(REL Southeast)*Things to Know About the IES Professional Learning Community (PLC) Facilitator's Guide on Mathematical Problem Solving*(REL Southeast)*Trends in Texas Hispanic student enrollment and performance in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics*(STEM) (REL Southwest)

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