Research and Validity

The Research Study - Behind the Scenes

PRES Associates, an independent research firm, conducted a study to assess the effectiveness of Prentice Hall Middle School Math in helping students attain critical mathematics skills during the 2007-2008 school year. The evaluation study employed a randomized control trial (RCT) design, which was utilized to meet the rigorous standards of the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC). The study was conducted across 5 schools in CO, FL, KY, MI, and NY. The sample included 15 teachers and 922 students in the seventh grade. The students were assessed at the beginning and end of the year with the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), Group Mathematics Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation (GMADE), and Balanced Assessment of Mathematics (BAM) assessments.

Successful Results with Prentice Hall Middle School Math!

In only the first year of use, students at all ability levels using Prentice Hall Middle School Mathshowed significant improvement in the areas of:

  • Math concepts and estimation
  • Math vocabulary
  • Problem-solving and interpretation
  • Communicating mathematical ideas
  • Math computation

In addition, students who used Prentice Hall Middle School Mathshowed a significantly greater gain in math computation skills as compared to students who used other math programs.