Research for Our K-12 Math Curriculum

Overview of Research

Built on the Science of Learning

The development of Reveal Math draws from a range of academic research into effective mathematics instruction. Several other critical inputs also contributed to the development of the program, including extensive in-classroom testing, user testing, and direct feedback from hundreds of educators across the country.

Based on the research foundations of:

  • Productive struggle
  • Rich tasks
  • Mathematical discourse
  • Growth mindset
  • Learning target-based formative assessment
  • Collaborative learning

Reveal Math Expert Advisor Team

Research Foundations

The foundational constructs of the program are rooted in academic research and best practices for teaching and learning, and math curriculum. This research base focused on how learning happens, includes inputs cutting across several scholarly fields, including education, psychology, and cognitive science.

Effective Math Instruction

Focus, coherence, and rigor—the three key shifts in mathematics identified by the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics —were foundational in the planning and development of Reveal Math.

Feedback Loops

Effective instruction critically depends on individual students’ evolving understanding of concepts throughout the learning process. Therefore, the delivery of immediate, relevant feedback is integral to the program’s ability to support teachers and learners.

Productive Struggle

Providing opportunities for students to persevere with rich tasks and reflect on their own mathematical thinking supports the goal of helping all students to develop a growth mindset and become successful, engaged problem solvers.

Language Development

Learning mathematics involves understanding and developing fluency in the language of math. Collaboration presents opportunities for discourse with peers that can drive students towards fluency in language and mathematics.

Our Research-Based Math Program Philosophy

Based on the findings from research, these guiding principles were established to frame the program philosophy and pedagogy:

Student engagement in the learning process is integral to student academic success.

Student sense-making through exploration, productive struggle, and collaborative engagement can create meaningful opportunities for learning.

A solid framework of teacher guidance creates support for student ownership and understanding of concepts.

A focus on mathematical language and mathematical discourse supports deeper understanding of math concepts.

Locate additional academic research and white papers that document the development of Reveal Math at our McGraw-Hill Research Portal