The Effects of Differentiated Small Group Math on Kindergarten Math Scores

Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2018

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Ximena Suarez-Sousa


small group math, AVMR, math intervention, kindergarten



The purpose of this study was to research the effects of differentiated small group math using the Add+vantage Math Recovery (AVMR) on math scores of 18 kindergartners from a middle class elementary school, who entered kindergarten with various math performance levels. The students were taught using a combination of Everyday Mathematics curriculum for whole group instruction as well as the Add+Vantage Math Recovery (AVMR) activities implemented exclusively during small group instruction and independent student work time. By using this method, the teacher was able to get a better understanding of each student’s math abilities and their mathematical thinking. Students were progress monitored weekly to determine growth and adjust interventions accordingly. Each student was seen on a rotating basis and met with the teacher a minimum of 20 minutes, once a week. The data were collected during the 3 benchmarking periods and compared to see if the use of small group math helped increase the math scores in Forward Number Word Sequencing (FNWS) and Backward Number Word Sequencing (BNWS). Student scores had improved by 45% for FNWS and 50% for BNWS with the combination of differentiated small group math and whole group instruction after 6 weeks of instruction.

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