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Title:  University of Chicago School Mathematics Project (UCSMP)
Description: This WWC intervention report summarizes the research on University of Chicago School Mathematics Project (UCSMP), which is a core mathematics curriculum for middle school that includes materials and a routinized instructional approach with an option for teacher training. The curriculum is designed to teach students mathematics concepts, applications, and skills using an inquiry-based approach with a focus on active learning. The report focuses on two UCSMP courses: Pre-Transition Mathematics and Transition Mathematics. Pre-Transition Mathematics teaches arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics. Transition Mathematics teaches more advanced arithmetic, algebra, and geometry, and connects these areas to measurement, probability, and statistics. Based on the research, the WWC found that implementing UCSMP has no discernible effects on general mathematics achievement and no discernible effects on algebra achievement for students in grades 6 to 9, relative to other math curricula used in study schools.
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Cover Date: May 2021
Web Release: May 11, 2021
Publication #: WWC 2021011
Center/Program: WWC
Associated Centers: NCEE
Type of Product: Intervention Report
Questions: For questions about the content of this Intervention Report, please contact:
Betsy Wolf.