Math Education

Rockman et al has provided research, evaluation and consulting services to assess television series, interactive media, and summer programs designed to support math learning. We have also conducted implementation and impact studies of school reform initiatives focusing on math achievement in k-12 schools funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Please explore selected examples of our evaluation and research projects examining math learning and achievement below. If our work is aligned with your needs, we welcome the opportunity to discuss your project with you and to provide you with more information about our tailored services. Please Contact Us to schedule a free 30-minute Q&A session with a consultant.

Selected Projects Include

  • Peg + Cat: Adventures in Learning

    As external evaluators for an NSF-funded AISL grant awarded to The Fred Rogers Company, Rockman et al tested early versions of Peg + Cat interactive media and science camp activities with pre-schoolers, their families, and their teachers. REA also evaluated youth experiences and outcomes in an affiliated summer camp, including observations, focus groups, and interviews with participating educators and children. Peg + Cat is a PBS math-based television program for preschoolers, which is accompanied by interactive media including digital storybooks, online games and apps.

  • Elmo Loves ABCs and Elmo Loves 123s

    Rockman et al worked with the Sesame Workshop to develop and administer a basic literacy and mathematics assessment for preschool-aged students in order to test outcomes of using either Elmo Loves ABC’s or Elmo Loves 123’s for a month-long period as part of the normal school-day experience. To facilitate this project, the Rockman team managed a set of 10 iPad devices (with unique copies of apps for each of 90 students in the study) and a team of 8 researchers.

  • New Visions Accessing Algebra through Inquiry (a2i)

    The Accessing Algebra Through Inquiry (a2i) project is an i3 validation grant conducted by New Visions for Public Schools, in partnership with the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative and the New York City Department of Education. The project provides formative assessment lessons, ongoing coaching and training, and opportunities to examine student work in school-based inquiry team meetings. As the external evaluator, REA will conduct both implementation and impact studies to assess how students in a2i project classrooms perform on annual standardized achievement tests compared to matched groups of students whose teachers are not participating.

    Report: a2i narrative
  • Cyberchase

    REA conducted a pilot evaluation of five programs in WNET’s Cyberchase series to assess the broad educational value, impact, and appeal of the series. The study included more than 450 children (ages eight to eleven), and 20 teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area, encompassing the diversity of the region.

  • Star Schools

    Rockman et al conducted a three-year study of the impact of the online, Supplementary Education Services (SES) provided by Educate Online, Inc. (EO), funded by the Star Schools Program of the U.S. Department of Education. The evaluation activities under the grant measured the effectiveness of Catapult Online, a real-time, one-on-one tutoring service designed to address the needs of underserved rural, middle and high school students. The formative and summative evaluations examined online student assessment instruments, content, delivery mechanism, and the enhanced parental communication via mobile technology. REA also conducted a five-year evaluation of critical issues associated with the delivery of SES via online technologies in rural and urban areas. Among these issues were strategies for motivating and engaging middle and high schools students in remedial and supplemental programs, serving the needs of students with limited English proficiency, the impact of evolving technology platforms on the delivery of instructional programs, and emerging online assessments.