The National Evaluation of Curriculum Effectiveness is investigating the efficacy of the textbook and instructional materials in promoting student achievement. As a result of the evidence base established by this project, educational leaders will be better equipped to make informed decisions about which materials to adopt for their school systems.
The study will:
- identify the instructional materials that are used for mathematics instruction in fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms through a school survey,
- investigate the factors that might influence the efficacy of a given textbook by conducting a teacher survey, and
- examine whether and how the use of such materials is related to students' achievement.
The project's first year will focus on the mathematics textbooks and primary curriculum resources used in fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms. Currently, the project is being launched across six states: California, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Washington.