November 18, 2012
MCPER has received a $1.5 million federal grant to improve the algebra readiness of sixth- and seventh-grade struggling students. The 3-year Institute of Education Sciences grant will fund a new Mathematics Institute initiative, Project AIM. The project will create algebra-readiness intervention modules (AIMs) for students who score below the 25th percentile on a mathematics screening measure. About 500 students and 24 intervention teachers at middle schools in Texas and Missouri are expected to participate. The project will lead trials and feasibility studies at the schools during the first 2 years of the grant. Then, the project will develop and refine the modules, based on student outcomes and teacher satisfaction. Small-scale experimental studies will take place in the third year.