SRI International, in collaboration with North Carolina State University’s Friday Institute and WPI, is conducting a full-year, randomized controlled experiment, randomly assigning 50-60 middle schools to either the ASSISTments condition or a business-as-usual control condition. ASSISTments is an online tutoring system that provides coached practice problem-solving support for students and cognitive diagnostic reports to teachers. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of the use of ASSISTments to support students’ mathematics homework completion, differentiated instruction, and ultimately students’ understanding of mathematics. The study will leverage individual students’ access to computers to implement the ASSISTments homework support program.
The research team will also deliver intensive professional development to provide support for teachers on how to use the reports from the ASSISTments system as a formative assessment tool that can inform both changes in classroom routines and the use of differentiated instruction based on group- and individual-level student data.