The Math Corps model incorporates proven educational practices often referred to as “Response to Intervention.” These practices are common-sense and prevention-focused, and include the following key components:
- Evidence-based interventions: In Math Corps, every math activity that is used is directly connected to extensive research that has demonstrated its effectiveness for helping students improve critical math skills.
- Using data: Math Corps uses data to identify students who need additional support. It also uses data to guide instruction and make important decisions, such as when a student no longer needs support.
- Coaching and support: Coaching is all about implementation and helping tutors develop strong skills in working with students. Math Corps dedicates considerable resources to two kinds of coaches, who both help tutors be successful.
Math Corps Delivers Results
Math Corps has demonstrated that it helps improve student math skills. In Minnesota’s Math Corps program, prior to the 2014-2015 school year, an earlier model of Math Corps program consistently helped over one-third of the students receiving tutoring reach proficiency on their grade-level state math assessment (and the vast majority of those student had failed to reach proficiency the prior year). Results from the 2016-2017 school year showed students served by Minnesota Math Corps exceeded their expected growth in almost all cases.