Individualized Math Instruction for Struggling Students
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
The first paper investigates the impact of a high-dosage tutoring intervention with high school students in Chicago, reporting on both an initial study and replication. The second paper examines the effects of small group math instruction provided over weeklong vacation breaks in a set of low-performing Massachusetts-based middle schools. The third study returns to the Chicago context to evaluate the relative merits of online versus face-to-face instruction in a ninth grade Algebra credit recovery program. Finally, the fourth paper examines a math summer program for rising eighth grade students in a range of districts across California’s Silicon Valley.
All of four of the papers provide encouraging findings, suggesting that it is indeed possible to help struggling middle and high school students make substantial progress in math. By examining four different, but related, efforts across a range of contexts, this panel will seek to: a) draw lessons regarding promising approaches to supporting struggling students in math, b) consider the relative cost effectiveness and scalability of various models, and c) outline important unanswered questions for future research.