Can competitions increase how much students practice math?

  1. Increase the time spent learning.
  2. Increase the efficiency of learning (amount learned per unit time).
Average student practice over time for our 2021 summer program at Lowell Elementary. The data for Week 8 was adjusted for the fact that the competition only lasted 4 days due to the end of the session. Sixteen students were enrolled in the program long enough to be included in this dataset. Practice was defined as active engagement with digital learning software (in this case, IXL) either in class or at home.
The effect of competitions on weekly practice, broken out by the percentage of students in each impact category. Data is from our Fall 2021 program (10 weeks) at Northgate Elementary.

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Mike Preiner

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PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford. Data scientist and entrepreneur. Working on eliminating education gaps in elementary school math.

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