The Center for Research and Evaluation is a co-PI on a 3.5 million dollar Department of Education grant with SRI International and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). This grant funds a randomized, controlled efficacy study of ASSISTments, an online mathematics tutoring system developed by Neil Heffernan and colleagues at WPI. ASSISTments provides real-time scaffolded problem-solving support for students, as well as on demand cognitive diagnostic reports to teachers. The goal is to support students’ schoolwork, facilitate differentiated instruction, and ultimately promote students’ understanding of mathematics.
As part of this study, the SRI/WPI/CRE research team will assess the efficacy of ASSISTments use on student learning and explore teacher and student characteristics and usage conditions that are associated with enhanced learning gains. The team will be providing professional development for teachers on how to use ASSISTments reports as formative assessment tools that can inform both changes in classroom routines and the use of differentiated instruction based on group- and individual-level student data.
Detailed information about ASSISTments and the efficacy study is available on the ASSISTments Teacher Wiki.