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Core-Plus Mathematics
High School Mathematics

Core-Plus Mathematics was found to have potentially positive effects on mathematics achievement for high school students.

Core-Plus Mathematics is a 4-year curriculum that replaces the traditional sequence with courses that each feature interwoven strands of algebra and functions, statistics and probability, geometry and trigonometry, and discrete mathematics. The curriculum emphasizes mathematical modeling, using technology to emphasize reasoning with multiple representations (verbal, numerical, graphical, and symbolic) and to focus on goals in which mathematical thinking and problem solving are central. Instructional materials promote active learning and teaching centered around collaborative small-group investigations of problem situations, followed by teacher-led whole-class summarizing activities that lead to analysis, abstraction, and further application of underlying mathematical ideas.

Findings

1
studies that met standards out of
10
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
Mathematics achievement Potentially positive effects 9-10
 
 
15

Last Updated: September 2010

Delivery Method

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Whole Class

Urbanicity

Rural
Suburban
Urban

Locations

IA, MI, OH, GA, KY, SC, TX, AK, CA, ID, CO
Midwest, South, West


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This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by Mathematica Policy Research under contract ED-07-CO-0062.

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