Welcome MCIS Participants!

More Info for Participants

Thank you for participating in the West Virginia Math Curriculum Impact Study (MCIS)! We are very grateful for your participation in this research—and we are excited to begin working with you on this important study!

Please feel free to contact us directly at any time throughout the study! We welcome your questions and comments, and we are always glad to be in touch!

Here’s how to reach us:
Call toll-free: 1-800-227-6577
Email: mcis-info@sri.com

Improving student learning in mathematics is a nationally important challenge. We know it is important here in the state of West Virginia as well.

This year, the prestigious Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education has funded SRI International (SRI) and Reasoning Mind to investigate whether a digital curriculum can improve student learning in mathematics in West Virginia, with a focus on new materials that support the Common Core. Your participation in this research project will support findings that can guide how educators and teachers use technology and other instructional materials to help all students learn more in mathematics.

This study will compare the effectiveness of different ways to teach mathematics, some focused around technology and some not, with teachers from schools all over the state of West Virginia. In this study, some teachers will use the Reasoning Mind curriculum in their 5th grade math classes, while other participating teachers use their regular curricula. This study will help us to learn more about how technology-supported math instructional programs work on a much larger scale, in a variety of different contexts, and with a variety of different student populations.

In order to report high quality, credible findings, we need to be very systematic in our collection of data from teachers and students. We will collect student achievement data and information about student attitude towards mathematics, as well as information about teacher background and classroom practices.

We hope you will find the opportunity to be part of a scientific study that will have local, state, and national impact to be a rewarding experience! And again, please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time.

For more detailed information about your participation in the study, please visit the links below.

For 5th Grade teachers implementing the Reasoning Mind Curriculum (www.mathimpact.net/bear)

For 5th Grade teachers implementing their regular math curriculum (www.mathimpact.net/cardinal)

About the Study

The U.S. Department of Education has provided funding for a study to examine how an integrated digital math curriculum can support teachers and improve student learning. SRI International, a nonprofit research organization, is conducting the study, in collaboration with Reasoning Mind and with 52 participating schools throughout the state of West Virginia.

Reasoning Mind is a digital math curriculum that is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the Smarter Balanced assessment, and early studies have found it to be highly engaging for students and promising in terms of learning outcomes. The Reasoning Mind program includes the fully integrated digital math curriculum with adaptive instruction, customized reports, and real-time feedback on student progress—along with teacher professional development and ongoing support from a local implementation coordinator. Visit the Reasoning Mind website to learn more about the program!

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