Math Recovery® Intervention is targeted one-on-one instruction in whole number concepts designed for intense short-term intervention in mathematics. Diagnostic assessment is used to provide instruction aimed at a student’s zone of proximal development. Math Recovery Intervention Specialists select from a bank of problem-centered tasks during a complete instructional cycle involving 25-30 minute lessons, 4-5 days per week for 12-15 weeks. To be certified as a Math Recovery Intervention Specialist, participants receive 10 days of face-to-face professional development and small group and individual virtual coaching support from program leaders.
A large evaluation of Math Recovery found positive outcomes on Woodcock Johnson III Math Reasoning measures averaging an effect size of +0.30, in comparison to non-tutored students. The study was set up to be randomized, which would have qualified Math Recovery for the ESSA “Strong” category, but some students from the control group were moved into the experimental group during the study, making this a matched study and therefore qualifying for the ESSA “Moderate” category.