ASSISTments is an online platform that automatically generates feedback for students as they complete problems and shares this feedback with teachers, providing data on student performance to guide instruction decisions. An evaluation published in the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness assessed the effectiveness of ASSISTments when used for math homework in middle schools.
The study was conducted with 2769 students across 43 schools in Maine over two years. Schools were randomly assigned to begin the intervention early or at a later start date. Teachers using the ASSISTments programs were given the ability to choose existing problems or upload their own to the program to tailor the technology to their particular math course plan. Students were expected to complete homework in ASSISTments at least 3 times a week.
Results showed positive effects of ASSISTments on the TerraNova math assessment (ES = +0.22), with greater effects for lower-performing students. These results suggested that ASSISTments is a promising intervention in middle school math, especially for lower-performing students.
Source (Open Access): Murphy, R., Roschelle, J., Feng, M., & Mason, C. A. (2020). Investigating efficacy, moderators and mediators for an online mathematics homework intervention. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 13(2), 235-270.