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Title:  Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies
Description: Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies is a peer-tutoring program for grades K6 that aims to improve student proficiency in math and other disciplines. The program supplements regular math instruction by having students work in pairs or small groups, coaching one another, practicing math concepts, and providing encouragement and feedback to their peers. After reviewing 13 studies that examined the effects of Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies on the math performance of elementary school students, the WWC found that one meets WWC evidence standards without reservations. The one study is a randomized controlled trial that included 328 first-grade students in five elementary schools in the southeastern United States. Based on the evidence reported in this study, the WWC found that the program has no discernible effects on mathematics achievement for elementary school students.
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Cover Date: January 2013
Web Release: January 29, 2013
Publication #: WWC IRM619
Center/Program: WWC
Associated Centers: NCEE
Authors: WWC
Type of Product: Intervention Report
Questions: For questions about the content of this Intervention Report, please contact:
Erin Pollard.
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