Efficacy of a First-Grade Mathematics Intervention on Measurement and Data Analysis


Well-designed mathematics instruction focused on concepts and problem-solving skills associated with measurement and data analysis can build a foundational understanding for more advanced mathematics. This pilot study investigated the initial efficacy of the Precision Mathematics Level-1 intervention, a Tier 2, print- and technology-based mathematics intervention designed to increase first-grade students’ conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills around the areas of measurement and data analysis. Employing a randomized controlled trial, 96 first-grade students at risk for mathematics difficulties were randomly assigned within classrooms to either treatment (Precision Mathematics Level-1) or control (business-as-usual) conditions. A statistically significant positive effect was found on one of five outcome measures, with the other four showing positive but nonsignificant results. Results also suggested preliminary evidence of differential response based on students’ number sense and early literacy risk statuses.


Doabler, C. T., Clarke, B., Kosty, D., Turtura, J. E., Firestone, A. R., Smolkowski, K., … Maddox, S. A. (2019). Efficacy of a first-grade mathematics intervention on measurement and data analysis. Exceptional Children, 86(1), 77–94.