The Impact of Math Circle Curriculum on Student Learning: A Pilot Study

For the 2023-2024 school year, Dr. Glezier from the Department of Mathematics will be offering the UCLA Olga Radko Endowed Math Circle (ORMC) curriculum to Grades 3-6 students at the Lab School as an afterschool enrichment program as part of a research project. The math curriculum intervention consists of three 8-week sessions hosted at the Lab School for the 2023-2024 school year.

The main goal of the research project is to see how the ORMC intervention impacts elementary school students’ math achievement. All students in intermediate and upper classes will take two math tests as pre-tests and the post-tests, not related to the ORMC curriculum, to evaluate the effect of the intervention. The students in the research intervention (math circles classes) will also be asked to complete a short survey at the end of each 8-week session. Those students whose parents sign them up for the Math Circles enrichment classes will be chosen to participate through a random sample and the study will include 50 students: 25 intermediate and 25 upper students. Dr. Wang will be conducting the research study of the math intervention.  The research project begins the week of Sept 25 and will conitnue through May 30, 2024.