SRI International

Validating the SunBay Middle School Digital Mathematics Program

SunBay Math is a deeply-researched, consistently effective curriculum program. SunBay makes the most difficult 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math concepts accessible to all students. We synthesized the very best thinking in learning sciences and math education and created a results-focused, teacher-tested program. Where many materials are failing, SunBay offers students more than a chance to get by — it offers a chance to thrive.

This i3 validation grant validates SunBay Math as an integrated technology-rich approach to the implementation of the Mathematics Florida Standards (MAFS) while measuring student outcomes on the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) as well as teacher outcomes.

Description of Project

SRI International led a validation project to address a critical need for middle school students and teachers: increased student achievement on key standards in mathematics needed for college readiness and future success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematic careers. The SunBay Digital Mathematics Project, an innovative technology-based approach to middle school math, was conducted between fall 2014 and spring 2017 with three Florida school districts: Broward County Schools, Palm Beach County Schools and the School District of Manatee County. Technology infusions (iPads and Lenovo laptops) supported SunBay implementation in the participating districts, alongside ongoing teacher professional development, which continued through the project’s completion in the spring of 2017. At project completion, all three participating districts elected to continue use of SunBay to support mathematic instruction in middle school grades.

Description of Evaluation

The project originally sought to validate SunBay Mathematics as an integrated technology-rich approach to the implementation of CCSSM while measuring both student outcomes (PARCC) and teacher outcomes [Absolute Priority 4 in area (c)]. Changes in state assessment practices led to revisions in the evaluation plan, measuring student achievement based on the Mathematic Florida Standards (MAFS) and the Florida Standards Assessment in Mathematics (FSA). To this point the CPRE research team developed an analysis plan for project data collection and analysis that included a 2-year cluster randomized trial for student achievement in addition to teacher surveys, interviews, samples of student workbooks, and recorded classroom observations. The evaluation was completed in spring 2017.