Earlier this fall, the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) launched Learning Acceleration Challenges to identify and test interventions to improve math and science achievement.
The IES Math Prize called for school-based, digital interventions that significantly improve math outcomes, specifically focused on fractions, for upper elementary school students with or at risk for a disability that affects math performance. In Phase 1, entrants were invited to submit proposals for interventions that could be implemented in schools during Phase 2.
We’re proud to announce that ExploreLearning has been selected as a Phase 1 finalist for the Math Prize for its products, Reflex and Frax.
Math facts and fractions are two areas where young math students struggle the most. Unfortunately, they are also the strongest indicators of future success in math—uniquely predicting students’ standardized test scores and participation in career and college-prep math coursework, such as algebra.
ExploreLearning Reflex (for math facts) and Frax (for fractions) help develop this critical knowledge in a way that is both fun and effective and gives students the skills (and confidence) in math they need to take on what comes next.
These games are built on adaptive technology that meets every student where they are, assesses and targets areas of skill gaps, rewards students for both their effort and their progress, and delivers different levels of support to all students depending on what they need to progress.
In recognition of our intervention, ExploreLearning has received $25,000. In Phase 2, ExploreLearning and the other chosen finalists will implement their interventions at partner schools between November 2022 and April 2023. The Math Prize will offer up to $725,000 in additional Phase 2 prizes.
“A number of research studies have been conducted over the past 10 years on the effectiveness of Reflex and Frax for supporting students' math knowledge,” says Dr. Megan Conrad, senior researcher with ExploreLearning. “In addition, many of these studies directly support the benefits for at-risk students. Our selection as finalists validates the potential for our programs to serve as meaningful interventions to support critical math skills at a large scale.”