Hill to Conduct NSF Teaching Study

October 27, 2014

The launch of the Mathematics Teachers and Teaching Survey (MTTS) is featured in the HGSE news. 

In January 2015, Professor Heather Hill will launch her newest study, the Mathematics Teachers and Teaching Survey, focusing on middle school mathematics instruction. 

With the aid of technology in the classroom, Professor Heather Hill’s newest study, the Mathematics Teachers and Teaching Survey, will be able to track and collect data on middle school mathematics instruction, providing key insight into teachers’ mathematical knowledge, the curriculum, and the nature of mathematics instruction being offered to students. The $2.9 million study is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Beginning in January 2015, Hill, along with the Center for Education Policy Research Senior Project Manager Barb Gilbert and Instructional Specialist Daniel McGinn, will observe teaching using Samsung tablets placed in 460 middle school classrooms around the country. Hill said with all the efforts being made to revise math instruction, especially for policies like Common Core, this is an ideal time to enact such a study.

“We are spending all this energy to improve the quality of teaching but have no systematic way to gauge what that teaching looks like,” Hill said. “By observing a nationally representative sample, we can better inform policymakers about where we stand.”


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