HELP Math has been extensively field-tested and evaluated since the project’s onset six years ago.
Phase 1: Pilot Study
In the initial pilot, HELP Math Numbers Make Sense lessons were tested by independent researcher Dr. Zung Tran with funding from the Colorado Department of Education. The tests used a randomized pre-post, two-group (treatment, control) design. The results of the evaluation (white paper available) clearly demonstrate that HELP is an effective tool in increasing ELLs’ math ability.
Research shows that students’ quick mastery of the program contributes to increased self-esteem and an increase in perceived ability to learn math. Teachers observed that HELP Math lessons captured their students’ attention (students stay on task for about 30 minutes per sitting). Teachers also liked that the program was easy to use and believed that it can increase their ability to provide individualized instruction to their students.
Help Math showed gains of more than 70% for 6th & 7th graders on standards-aligned tests
Phase 2: Full Study
The HELP Math program was awarded a large multi-year U.S. Department of Education grant to further research and develop the program. Research independently conducted by the University of Colorado used an experimental model involving approximately 1,000 students across six states: Texas, California, New York, Oregon, Illinois, and Colorado.
The research showed significant increases in ELL student achievement. Students targeted by HELP at language level 1 (least proficient in English) and level 2 (limited English proficient) demonstrated higher math scores on standards-aligned pre-post tests using HELP than students in the comparison group. AYP math scores for ELLs rose in all participating research schools on average by 18%. Student achievement on the end-of-modules quizzes is high (in some cases in excess of 300%) and teacher feedback on the program and training (from surveys and focus groups) is extremely positive, confirming the findings of the initial research.