WWC Summary of Evidence for this Intervention

Core-Plus Mathematics

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.

Reviewed Research

July 2007

As of July 2007, no studies of Core-Plus 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 Core-Plus Mathematics to improve outcomes in this area.

September 2010
Studies meeting standards Grades
Students Improvement
Mathematics achievement Potentially positive effects 1 study meets standards 9-10 1,050
Schoen, H. L., & Hirsch, C. R. (2002) 9-10 1,050

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