Math For All Efficacy Study
2014 - 2018

With funding from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education, we are currently conducting a Randomized Control Trial to test the efficacy of the Math for All (MFA) program. This work is being carried out in collaboration with Chicago Public Schools and with researchers from ICF, Indiana University, and Teachers College, Columbia University. 

Since 2002, CCT has been collaborating with Bank Street College of Education to develop, research, and disseminate video case-based materials targeted at enhancing teachers’ preparation to support individual students, including those with disabilities, within a standards-based math curriculum. Math for All  is a professional development (PD) program that is designed to assist schools as they aim to improve the mathematics achievement of all students, including those with disabilities, in grades K–5. MFA shows teams of general and special education teachers how to collaboratively plan and adapt math lessons to help all students achieve high-quality learning outcomes in mathematics.

MFA has been carefully designed based on a best-practices model of PD, and our ongoing research has helped to refine and lend empirical support for this model. The MFA program consists of video case-based curriculum materials and learning activities that form the core of two workshop series for teachers, one focusing on grades K– 2, and the other on grades 3–5. Several materials are available from Corwin Press to support facilitators in the implementation of the MFA program, including a Facilitator Guide, a DVD with video case materials and PowerPoint presentations for each workshop session, and a Participant Book. In addition, facilitators have the option to enroll in a face-to-face or online facilitator course, offered through Bank Street College of Education.

The current study is designed to investigate the impact of the MFA PD on teachers’ knowledge, skill, and classroom practice, and on student academic achievement in mathematics. Key outcome measures for teachers include items from the Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (MKT) measure, an assessment of teachers’ perception of a focal student’s strengths and needs in mathematics, a survey of perceived comfort and preparedness to teach math to students with disabilities, and the CLASS observation instrument. Key outcome measures for students include standardized math achievement tests (PARCC, NWEA Map Test) and a survey of students’ perception of their self-efficacy in mathematics, their math class, and their math teacher.

Math for All website
Corwin Press, Math for All (3–5)
Corwin Press Math for All (K-2)
Math for All NSF Video Showcase