Department of Education's What Works Clearinghouse Gives Top Ranking to Pearson's Investigations in Number, Data, and Space

   Department of Education's What Works Clearinghouse Gives Top Ranking to
         Pearson's Investigations in Number, Data, and Space Research

"Statistically Significant" Gains Recognized in Math Achievement for
Elementary School Students

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, March 14, 2013

NEW YORK, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Education's
What Works Clearinghouse has issued a report validating the research that
supports Pearson's Investigations in Number, Data, and Space elementary school
curriculum. Among its findings, the WWC report confirmed a "statistically
significant positive difference in mathematics achievement" for fourth-grade
students in the Investigations in Number, Data, and Space group as compared to
students learning with other programs.

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The Investigations in Number, Data, and Space mathematics curriculum for
students in grades K-5 is designed to help students understand number and
operations, geometry, data, measurement and early algebra. The curriculum
emphasizes reasoning about mathematical ideas, and supports students as they
make sense of mathematics and learn that they can be mathematical thinkers.

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC), an arm of the Department of Education's
Institute of Education Sciences, validated findings of an independent study by
Gatti Evaluation, Inc. Student achievement was measured by the Group
Mathematics Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation (GMADE test).

Pearson's Director of Academic Research Marcy Baughman said, "Funded by the
National Science Foundation and developed by the non-profit TERC in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, the Investigations program represents more than 20 years of
research and development aimed at improving the teaching and learning of
elementary mathematics. The acknowledgment by the WWC of the rigorous research
supporting the efficacy of the Investigations in Number, Data, and Space
program further validates the joint commitment of TERC and Pearson to this
scientifically-researched, inquiry-based program."

The What Works Clearinghouse validated the randomized control study by Guido
Gatti who conducted the independent research study of Investigations in
Number, Data, and Space over two years, concluding in 2010. When issuing his
research report, Gatti said, "The GMADE achievement data indicates clearly
that both early (1^st grade) and late (5^th grade) elementary students of
differing ethnicity, social economic levels, English proficiency, and
mathematics achievement can experience substantial achievement growth with
Investigations, and continue this growth over two school years — even when
Investigations is implemented by their teachers for the first time."

Investigations in Number, Data, and Space for the Common Core
Recognition by the What Works Clearinghouse of the strong research supporting
Investigations in Number, Data, and Space is a critical validation for schools
that are now choosing programs that will prepare their students for more
advanced mathematics and for careers that increasingly require collaboration,
flexibility, and a problem-solving mindset.

The development of Investigations in Number, Data, and Space for the Common
Core was led by the Education Research Collaborative at TERC, including
Principal Scientist Dr. Susan Jo Russell, and Senior Project Directors Karen
Economopoulos and Keith Cochran, in collaboration with Pearson's editorial
team, researchers, and practitioners.

The Investigations program contains all of the critical elements required by
the Common Core State Standards, and embodies the key instructional shifts in
the areas of Focus, Coherence, and Rigor emphasized by the Publishers
Criteria. Digital tools, such as Investigations for the Interactive Whiteboard
with interactive games and activities, the online Student Math Handbook, and
eTools, engage students and support and promote conceptual understanding with
focus, coherence and rigor.

Teacher support for transition to the Common Core State Standards is provided
through Pearson's online tutorials and on-site professional development, as
well as through the TERC workshops and institutes created by the authors of
the Investigations in Number, Data, and Space for the Common Core program.

One fifth grade teacher who participated in the Gatti research study summed up
her evaluation of Investigations: "I'm looking forward to next year with this
program. I think it is making me a better teacher."

Click here:

  oFor the What Works Clearinghouse report on Investigations in Number, Data,
    and Space
  oFor the Gatti Research Study on Investigations in Number, Data, and Space
  oTo learn more about Investigations in Number, Data, and Space for the
    Common Core

About Pearson
Pearson, the world's leading learning company, has global reach and
market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer
publishing (NYSE: PSO).

About TERC
TERC's mission is to improve mathematics and science education. TERC works at
the frontiers of theory and practice to contribute to a deeper understanding
of learning and teaching; enhance instruction through teacher professional
development; develop applications of new technologies to education; create
curricula and other products; and support reform in both school and informal
settings.

About Gatti Evaluation, Inc.
Guido Gatti founded Gatti Evaluation in January of 2003 to provide assistance
in researching current topics in education and biomed. Since that time, Gatti
Evaluation has managed or consulted on large research projects for Fortune 500
companies and major academic institutions. Gatti Evaluation's research has
been reviewed by the What Works Clearinghouse and the Best Evidence
Encyclopedia.

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