Research Studies
National Assessment of Educational Progress 2000

Latest national testing shows signficant gains since 1990

Impact of Standards-Based Mathematics Curricula in Massachusetts
Excellent study from Journal of Research in Mathematics Education using a quasi-experimental design to show that schools using reform curricula outperformed matched schools
Research on "Reform" Curricula
A compilation of evaluation studies published by the NSF-sponsored curriculum projects
Traditional and 'Reform' Mathematics

A comparison of two English schools shows traditional instruction does not prepare students well for life... or for standardized tests!

Teaching Really Does Matter!
Students learning with hands-on activities outperform their peers. Highlights from an ETS report.
National Assessment Shows Encouraging Trends in Mathematics
A report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress shows "consistent and steady" gains in mathematics since 1973.
Adding It Up: Helping Children Learn Mathematics

Report from the National Research Council making the case from research that mathematical proficiency requires both understanding and skills... and much more.

Success Stories
TIMSS-R Results In Ontario
Implementation of a new curriculum leads to positive gains on TIMSS
Big City Schools Show Success
Standards-based reform projects in major cities produce positive gains for students
The Philadelphia Story
A report on the success that Philadelphia is having in implementing a reform high school mathematics curriculum
The Michigan Invitational Group
Students using reform math are tops in the nation on TIMSS-R
Elementary Grades Implementation Stories
Success stories about districts using reform curricula, collected by the ARC Center
Middle Grades Implementation Stories
Success stories about districts using reform curricula, collected by the Show-Me Center
The Role of Research
Where's The Evidence?
An interesting discussion of how research is playing out in the "Math Wars"
Relationships Between Research and the NCTM Standards
An effective discussion by Jim Hiebert, a leading researcher, of the evidence supporting the Standards, as well as what research cannot tell us.
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