Discovery Education Math Techbook™ Efficacy Study
Discovery Education is offering districts and schools an opportunity to use Math Techbook materials for up to 18 months by participating in an efficacy study of this digital learning solution. The study is designed to examine the impact of Discovery Education’s Algebra 1 Math Techbook on students’ attitude toward math and Algebra 1 achievement.
Discovery Education, the developer of the Algebra 1 Math Techbook, is a global leader in standards-based digital content for K–12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind.
We are seeking participants for a study.
Discovery Education has contracted with McREL to conduct an efficacy study of the Algebra 1 Math Techbook. We are seeking middle and high schools offering 8th- or 9th-grade Algebra 1 courses to participate during the Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 semesters. This study will contribute to the empirical knowledge base on the effectiveness of the Algebra 1 Math Techbook materials and aims to provide educators with information that will help them select effective Algebra 1 mathematics resources for their students in grades 8 and 9.
Math Techbook is a digital math textbook designed to connect students to math through real-world problems worth solving. Using a balanced approach to instruction, Math Techbook combines conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and application to potentially help all students develop a long-lasting mastery of mathematics.
How and when will the study occur?
For this efficacy study, participating schools will be randomly assigned to treatment or delayed-treatment groups. While only Algebra 1 classrooms will be expected to participate in data collection for the study, all mathematics classrooms in participating schools will have access to Math Techbook materials and professional development. Treatment schools will use Math Techbook, including embedded curriculum and assessments, during the spring semester of the 2018–2019 school year. Delayed-treatment schools will, if they wish to, use it during the fall semester of the 2019–2020 school year.
What are the benefits of participation?
We are aware of the many demands on educators’ and students’ time, and we appreciate schools working with us to conduct this study. We offer all participating schools—all grade levels and math content areas from both treatment and delayed-treatment schools—professional learning opportunities in mathematics instruction and continuous access to the Math Techbook resources for up to 18 months as a part of study participation. In addition, Algebra I teachers in both treatment and delayed treatment groups will receive one session of job-embedded classroom support and a $100 gift card for their time to participate in the data collection activities (if allowable within the school/district policies related to compensation). After the spring 2019 data collection is completed, Discovery Education’s Partner Engagement team will monitor use and support the participating teachers and schools as part of the extended study experience.
- Three professional development (PD) sessions that are about six hours each for the participating teachers, as well as the other math teachers at the participating school, with one additional session of job-embedded classroom support just for the participating teachers (estimated dates for three PD sessions are in December, January, and March)
- Complete an online survey of 15–20 minutes asking about perceptions on the quality, utility, and relevance of the program content and materials; feedback on the PD sessions; and students’ exposure to Math Techbook resources.
- Administer a pre and post version of the Attitudes Toward Mathematics Inventory (ATMI) survey to all students (estimated timeframe: January and May); the ATMI should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete.
- Administer a pre and post Algebra 1 assessment (provided by McREL; approximately 15 minutes to complete) to all students (estimated timeframe: January and May).