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IMpact Strategy

The IMpact of IM Certified Curriculum

IMpact Strategy

Beginning in 2017, IM gathered feedback from teachers and leaders using IM Certified Curriculum and Professional Learning to ensure they were high-quality, accessible, and equitable for all students. By leveraging our pilot process and using developmental evaluation methods to gather fast feedback, we built our Theory of Action to inform our next phase.

In 2019, IM expanded its approach by building a multi-year research and evaluation strategy. The IMpact Strategy for 2019-2021 consists of two key pillars: Collaborative Research Partnerships and Innovative Measurement.

The 2019-2020 Research Partnerships

IM collaborated with four school districts that implemented the IM curriculum during the 2019-20 academic year. This investigation, which took place August 2019–April 2020, used a mixed-methods, exploratory research design to explore the impact of IM curriculum and professional learning on teacher knowledge and confidence, implementation, and teaching practices. 

Note: IM intended to collect additional data to explore relationships between implementation on student attitudes toward mathematics and student achievement, but these data collections were suspended due to the COVID-19 school closures and will be considered for future study.

Announcing the 2020-2021 Collaborative Measurement Program

In Fall 2020, IM will launch a Collaborative Measurement Program to empower a greater number of partners to use the IM Measurement Tools to drive changes in teaching practice and student learning behaviors.

Members of this collaborative group will participate in a virtual learning community focused on how to:

  • Measure and evaluate implementation of the IM curriculum using the IM Measurement Tools,
  • Participate in an IM Curriculum Benchmark Report to compare their district’s performance to other participants (optional);
  • Share lessons learned about implementation from other districts; and
  • Develop an Evidence Summary to document their evidence of impact to share with their district and with the IM community.

District leaders interested in becoming part of the Collaborative Measurement Program should attend a virtual information session. Click here for more details and to sign up for an information session.


IMpact Stories

Since 2011, IM has been helping learners know, use, and enjoy mathematics. And while every implementation of IM Math is unique, our schools and teachers continually praise the curriculum for its rigor, coherence, and impact on student achievement.

In our IMpact Stories, read first-hand accounts from schools using IM Math and learn why they think it builds teacher confidenceincreases student engagement, and improves mathematics education for everyone.


For More Information

Shelby Danks, Ph.D.
Director of Impact
Illustrative Mathematics