Mathematics Skills Toward Algebra Readiness (MSTAR)
What is MSTAR?
The «Mathematics Skills Toward Algebra Readiness» (MSTAR) is an intervention program, that aims to support the learning of mathematics in the acquisition of skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in more complex educational programs.
The «Mathematics Skills Toward Algebra Readiness» Program (MSTAR) provides a concrete structure with scaffolded content provided through a strategic instruction to help students learn the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in subsequent mathematics curricula.
The content is organized in four modules:
- Multiplication and Division
- Equivalent Fractions
- Ratios and Rates
Each intervention lesson contains several aspects of research-based intervention strategies and lesson design.
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Why use it?
MSTAR is a research-based intervention program (https://meadowscenter.org) that aims to support the learning of mathematics in the acquisition of skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in more complex educational programs. MSTAR provides knowledge and skills building based on careful scaffolding with a strategic teaching methodology that promotes independent and reflective learning.
In recent times it has been proven effective as a Math intervention program with students from 4th. to 8th grades from Chicago Public Schools (CPS).
Who should use it?
MSTAR is a Math intervention program for students from 4th to 8th grade who are struggling with Math curriculum. The lessons provide a specific structure to help students learn the skills necessary for more complex math courses.
How to use it?
A placement test is administered to determine where each student needs to start.
The program is implemented in person or remote by a trained school teacher in groups or one-on-one sessions. Workbooks are provided for the students. The MSTAR program is composed of research-based intervention strategies in a format of strategic teaching techniques throughout the program. The program includes guided instruction, guided practice, independent practice, feedback, and progress monitoring.
Students take and exit to test to measure their progress in module, and to determine next steps.
Available in english and Spanish
Multiplication and Division
Ratios and Rates
Research behind the MSTAR Program
MSTAR is a research-based program developed and published by The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risks at UT Austin (https://meadowscenter.org).