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Accelerated Maths

Primary schools

limited evidence Accelerated Maths has limited evidence of effectiveness. Across five qualifying studies, the median effect size on independent measures was +0.11.

Secondary schools

insufficient evidence There is insufficient evidence to indicate positive effects of Accelerated Maths. Three qualifying studies gave a weighted mean effect size for Accelerated Maths of -0.02.

About Accelerated Maths

Accelerated Maths is a supplementary approach to mathematics teaching that uses computers to assess students’ levels of performance, and then generates assignments appropriate to their needs. Students scan completed assignments into the computer, which gives teachers regular reports that they can use to develop targeted interventions. The Accelerated Maths curriculum focuses on foundational skills, especially computations, and is intended for use along with other maths programmes.

Accelerated Maths has been evaluated in several experiments of good quality, published in peer-reviewed journals. However, they share a characteristic that makes some of their findings ineligible for inclusion in a BEE review. This is the use of a measure called STAR Maths as the outcome variable. STAR Maths is a test used in the Accelerated Maths programme to regularly assess and place students. It is closely aligned with the objectives and format of the programme, and students would have practised the test format as part of the programme. For this reason, studies are only included if they also used tests other than STAR Maths that were fair measures of what both Accelerated Maths and control students had achieved.

More on this review

For more on the review of the Accelerated Maths programme, read the BEE reviews of primary mathematics and secondary mathematics.

More on Accelerated Maths

For more details of the Accelerated Maths programme, visit www.renaissance-learning.co.uk.