A study has found that giving middle school math teachers access to inquiry-based lesson plans and online support significantly improved student achievement—and benefited weaker teachers the most.
The effect on student learning was about the same as moving from an average-performing teacher to one at the 80th percentile.
Northwestern University researcherswith about 360 teachers in three Virginia districts. Teachers were randomly assigned to one of three groups: a control group that maintained business as usual, a group that received a login for the online curriculum, and the group that saw the most success, which received both a login and online supports for using the lesson plans.
A version of this article appeared in the July 20, 2016 edition of Education Week as Curriculum