MANGO Math's Research-Based Games Improve Test Scores

MANGO Math's Research-Based Games Improve Test Scores

March 31, 2021

When given a choice to:

  1. Eat broccoli
  2. Clean their room
  3. Do math

Students will choose A or B. Never C.

Why is that? While cleaning or eating vegetables may not be all that pleasant, children do these things enough to get used to and sometimes even enjoy it. They know that they are a necessary part of life. Math seems way more daunting, but is still just as necessary.

So… How do we get students to perform the repetition they need to master math skills?

How do we get them to go deeper in their learning to develop the kind of mathematical practices described in state standards?

How do we get students to choose math? 

Make it a game with MANGO Math!

According to research, games with a clear purpose and specific mathematical content help to reduce anxiety and build math confidence.*

*Swan, P. (2004) i hate mathematics! Paper presented at Towards Excellence in Mathematics.

When students play games, they are...

  • Developing computational fluency
  • Encouraging strategic math thinking
  • Creating familiarity with number systems
  • Making subjects fun and therefore easier to engage with

But are students really learning?

Marian University – Indianapolis, IN utilized MANGO Math's game-based, hands-on curriculum as part of its 5-year longitudinal study on promising practices for stopping and reversing summer learning loss in under-served and under-represented youth.  The study was conducted by the University’s Klipsch Educators College Summer Learning Institute under Director Dr. Judy Bardonner.  

This study was conducted to show that an organized structured math program (in this case, MANGO Math) helps mitigate and/or reverse summer learning loss.

In 2016 there were 381 students and in 2017, 302 students across 13 different summer program sites in Indianapolis, IN with random placement of students and teachers. Students were divided into control groups, with some students receiving 8 or more hours of structured math curriculum and others receiving less than 8 hours of structured math curriculum.

Students were pre- and post-tested using AIMSWeb© Test Data (Pearson, 2012) administered and reviewed by Dr Jeff Kellogg and Katie (McHugh) Arnold. Students that participated in a structured math program improved their math scores. 8+ hours averaged 67% increase in math scores.
AIMSWeb© post-test scores were higher than pre-test scores, indicating that summer learning loss did not occur in the students who participated in the program. Math skills improved by an average of 1.19 (SE=0.45) per student, an average rate of increase (ROI) of 0.15 per week.

All of these results came from playing math games!

MANGO Math is:

  • Evidence-based
  • Research-based
  • Easy to implement
  • Meets ESSA standards

Read more about the benefits of math games and about how MANGO Math’s research proves it!


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