Spatial Temporal Mathematics at Scale: An Innovative and Fully Developed Paradigm to Boost Math Achievement Among All Learners

Investigators: George Farkas, Elizabeth van Es, Lindsey Richland (with MIND Research Institute and Orange County Department of Education)

Graduate Student Researchers: Arena ChangMelissa Courtney Kibrick, David Lee, Jennifer Long, Teomara Rutherford, Katerina Schenke

Funding: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences

Capitalizing on students' ability to gain mathematical understanding through imagery, this project is a large-scale randomized field trial of ST (Spatial Temporal) Math. ST Math is a suite of self-paced instructional software that offers over 200 computer games across six grade levels to teach math concepts and build problem-solving and reasoning skills. The program, meticulously aligned to state standards, is in wide use in 400 schools in 19 states. This project focuses particularly on low-achieving elementary schools in Orange County.

The evaluation, being conducted over a three year period, is addressing the following questions:

  1. What is the overall efficacy of the ST Math program in improving student achievement in mathematics in Grades 2-5?

  1. Does participation in ST Math for more than one year offer enhanced student benefit to achievement in mathematics?

  1. How does ST Math interact with student background characteristics such as gender, language learner status, and family income?

  1. How are student achievement gains moderated by factors in implementation such as dosage and teaching strategies?

  1. Is teacher professional develoment associated with student achievement gains, and does this vary by the nature and amount of professional development received?