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Improving youngsters’ math performance

The key to improving the math performance of America’s children may well be a program developed in UB’s Graduate School of Education that has improved the performance of prekindergarten students in Boston, Buffalo, and Nashville.

Based on an educational model called TRIAD and including the Building Blocks math curriculum and software, both developed at UB, the program raised test scores by an impressive 50 percent more than traditional programming in research in all three cities funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Building Blocks, incorporating everyday objects to teach math, stresses research-based instruction to help teachers understand the way young children think about math and how that thought-process develops.

The TRIAD model – including coaching and mentoring for teachers, software for teachers and children, and a family component including home activities – uses guidelines based on children's development of specific math skills.

Lead researchers on the project are Douglas H. Clements, SUNY Distinguished Professor and former member of President Bush’s National Mathematics Advisory Panel, and Julie Sarama, associate professor, both in the Department of Learning and Instruction.

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"Making math magic with childhood math"
UB program spells success for students in Buffalo’s Stanley M. Makowski Early Childhood Center.

UB math curriculum
Software-based Building Blocks linked with the way children think about math.

No family left out
A family component including home activities is part of TRIAD.

Baldy Hall on UB's North CampusGraduate School of Education