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Building a Foundation for the Future: A Discussion on the Latest Research on Elementary School Math Curricula
   The Scientific Evidence in Education (SEE) Forum


On May 12th, the Scientific Evidence in Education (SEE) Forums will host an interactive discussion on the latest research on elementary school mathematics curricula. The forum will highlight the first-year findings of the Institute of Education Sciences’ large-scale study, Achievement Effects of Four Early Elementary School Math Curricula, which investigates the achievement results for first graders in 39 schools using four widely used elementary school math curricula: Investigations in Number, Data, and Space; Math Expressions; Saxon Math; and Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley Mathematics. The study showed initial positive effects for two of the curricula.

This raises a number of important questions that will be addressed at the Forum, such as:

  • Are there distinctive curricula/instructional factors that might explain the strong effects detected after one year from these gold standard studies? How does one interpret the differences between the two high performing curricula?
  • What are the policy implications of findings such as these?

Join the conversation as we discuss the current body of high-quality research on elementary school math curricula, including the policy implications, recommendations, and what can be gained by providing our students with a strong math foundation in the early years.


Roberto Agodini, Senior Economist, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. and Study Director and Principal Investigator
Kati Haycock, President, Education Trust
Mary Lindquist, Professor Emeritus, Columbus College, Columbus, Georgia


Rebecca Herman, Director of the SEE Forums and Managing Research Analyst, American Institutes for Research


Tuesday, May 12th, lunch will be served at 11:30 am and the session will begin promptly at 11:45 am and conclude at 1:15 pm.

Type: Presentations
Location: The Sumner School
1201 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC
Dates: May 12, 2009
Organization: National Center for Education Evaluation