An analysis of 2010 state test scores in Old Bridge, NJ sought to determine if Math in Focus students experienced greater gains on the state mathematics test (NJ ASK).
4th-Grade Student Performance on NJ ASK
Math in Focus students improved an average of 12.4 points, more than three times the average improvement that occurred across the remaining students in the district in the comparison group.
NJ ASK gains at the Advanced Proficient Level
The percentage of 4th-grade students scoring at the highest level, advanced proficient, increased by 22% for the Math in Focus group, while the comparison group increased by only 4%.
An independent research firm conducted a yearlong study that examined 2nd-grade achievement in Math in Focus compared to a control group.
At Grade 2, the Math in Focus group of students made significant and greater academic gains from pretest to posttest.
Math in Focus student performance on the NJ ASK test was also compared to comparison groups using constructivist and explicit mathematics programs. The three programs were taught in the same schools by similar teachers. The analysis showed that the students using Math in Focus, a program that utilizes a balanced approach, outperformed the students in the alternative programs.