# How do we get to an evidence-based curriculum?

#### Summary

Our system leadership wants an improvement plan based on evidence of effectiveness. How do we move to achieve this?

There is likely to be growing evidence about the effectiveness of different curriculum programs. The NSF-funded curriculum projects were research-based and you can access evaluation data and other papers at their sites. Additionally, The curriculum centers for the NSF-funded mathematics projects feature research-related articles that may address many of the questions leaders ask regarding evidence of effectiveness. Follow these external links to specific projects:

There is likely to be growing evidence about the effectiveness of different curriculum programs. The NSF-funded curriculum projects were research-based and you can access evaluation data and other papers at their sites. Additionally, The curriculum centers for the NSF-funded mathematics projects feature research-related articles that may address many of the questions leaders ask regarding evidence of effectiveness. Follow these external links to specific projects:

*Investigations in Number, Data, and Space*http://investigations.terc.edu/research/impactstudies.cfm*Connected Mathematics Project*http://connectedmath.msu.edu/rnd/*Full Report of the Tri-State Student Achievement Study*and an executive summary is available from the ARC Center at http://www.comap.com/elementary/projects/arc/tri-state%20achievement%20full%20report.htm*Everyday Mathematics*http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/educators/index.shtml*Math Trailblazers*http://www.kendallhunt.com/index.cfm?PID=306*Math in Context*http://www.hrw.com/math/mathincontext/index.htm*MathScape*http://www2.edc.org/mathscape/phil/research.asp*Contemporary Mathematics in Context: A Unified Approach.*http://www.wmich.edu/cpmp/*Interactive Mathematics Program*http://www.mathimp.org/research/index.html*Math Connections*http://www.its-about-time.com/htmls/mc/mcall.html*Mathematics: Modeling in our World*http://www.comap.com/highschool/projects/mmow/introduction.htm .

#### Strategies

*Standards-based improvement*sets out the principles of this approach, and links to more specific strategies

#### Diagnosis

These tools review important evidence on two key aspects:

- choice of curriculum
- the importance of choosing tests that are well-aligned with curriculum goals