What Is The USMRC?

The US Math Recovery® Council (USMRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to overseeing and managing the Math Recovery® program and its materials, methodology and related intellectual property in the United States.

Math Recovery® Membership Options USMRC was established in 2003 with the following purposes:

About Math Recovery®

There are many advantages of becoming a member of the US Math Recovery® Council; educators who join Math Recovery® receive valuable ongoing support, research, and training materials as they apply the principles of Math Recovery® programs to their own work, their own students, and their own classrooms.

For a full list of Membership Benefits and instructions on how to join Math Recovery®, please view our "Math Recovery® Memberships".

An Overview of Math Recovery®

Math Recovery® programs identify and overcome core problems when young students struggle to learn and apply even the simplest numerical concepts. The objective is to intervene as early and quickly as possible before these at-risk students fall too far behind their peers.

What is the Purpose of Math Recovery®?
  • Identify at-risk students through a unique assessment system that allows educators to know exactly where students are in their mathematical development and apply necessary short-term intervention strategies.
  • Provide teachers with the intervention activities, tools and assessment materials in a detailed instructional system which effectively improves individual student performance in core arithmetic skills.
  • Build student confidence and help students attain success in mathematics and other curriculum areas.
Which students benefit from Math Recovery® programs?

Math Recovery® programs can be utilized successfully for K-5 students, including a broad range of special education applications. The primary goal is to intervene as early and quickly as possible before at-risk students fall too far behind their peers.

Math Recovery® is targeted at intervening at an early level to facilitate intense focus on these at-risk students and give teachers tools to accelerate overall mathematical learning.

Research shows that about 25% of young students do very well in math. They have a natural aptitude for numbers and will succeed in almost any classroom program. Another 50% of students will succeed if they are fortunate enough to be placed in a well-organized math curriculum.

But unfortunately, the remaining 25% of students are likely to become permanent low-attainers (or “math failures”). Their inability to grasp and conceptualize numerical patterns or develop any real math skills (other than those they diligently manage to memorize) will follow them throughout their school years and beyond. These are the students for whom the Math Recovery® approach can make the most significant difference!

Math Recovery® was originally developed to provide intervention for students in their 2nd year of school (first grade), however the assessment and instructional tools within Math Recovery® have been found to be beneficial for advancing students at all elementary grades.

What is the Math Recovery® approach?

Since the Math Recovery® program was first introduced in 1992, its outstanding effectiveness has been shown repeatedly through the efforts of teachers working with thousands of elementary school children. The Math Recovery® approach allows teachers, trainers and even parents to step in at the earliest stages of numerical development in order to form a strong foundation for children's future success.

This approach is constructivist-based and works equally well one-on-one, in small groups, or in a classroom environment because it targets each child’s specific issues and addresses them from the ground up! It applies a research-based approach to developing numerical competence that gives teachers extensive, current knowledge of assessment and teaching that is otherwise unavailable.

How does the Math Recovery® approach work?

Math Recovery®’s approach starts by presenting individual children with series of strategically-crafted math scenarios designed to assess their current knowledge level and thought processes. Next, follow-up lessons are planned out based on each child’s own individual level of knowledge and understanding.

Math Recovery® early intervention teaching sessions are intended to be challenging – yet also fun and highly stimulating for students! They explore children's full range of mathp5 comprehension while gently motivating them to go further.

This approach is used in all three Math Recovery® programs (Math Recovery® Intervention Specialist, Add+VantageMR®, SNAP) whether employed as part of a one-on-one, small group, or whole classroom approach. The assessment and differentiation tools within Add+VantageMR® allow the teacher to individualize the numeracy learning of all students within the class and to regularly monitor student progress.

SNAP prepares teachers to examine children’s number knowledge and to incorporate what they learn about their students into day-to-day instruction.

What makes Math Recovery® programs unique?
  • Customized and unique approach to the assessment and teaching of mathematics that draw from extensive constructivist research, yet are readily applicable to classroom teaching and to average and able students.
  • New and innovative professional development courses which emphasize ongoing coaching and support of professional learning communities.
  • Dynamic assessment tools to help teachers develop a deeper understanding of how young children think and reason mathematically.
  • Curriculum independence, meaning that MR programs align with and augment whatever curriculum teachers use A range of programs that encompass one-on-one intervention, small group work, whole class initiatives, and special education applications.
  • Commitment to developing district leaders and staff developers.
  • Math Recovery® Commitment to District Partnerships.
  • The Math Recovery® approach also encompasses building in-district capacity to ensure the program's long-term sustainability in schools. This is accomplished by offering comprehensive and innovative professional development courses to prepare district Math Recovery® Intervention Specialist, Add+VantageMR®, and SNAP program leaders.
  • After completing the Math Recovery® Intervention Specialist program, individuals have the option of continuing their professional development in order to provide Math Recovery® programs to others within their district. The long term costs become much more manageable when in-district training capacity is in place.
Further Reading

Math Recovery® is recognized around the world as a leader and innovator of mathematical intervention and numeracy. The Math Recovery® program is used extensively by school systems in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia.

Two recent books, Teaching Number: Advancing Children's Skills and Strategies and Early Numeracy: Assessment for Teaching and Intervention provide much of the detail of the program, A third book published in 2005, Teaching Number in the Classroom with 4-8 Year-olds, describes the implications for classroom instruction.

Math Recovery® is a research-based program. The foundation of this program is described in "Research Documentation", and described in detail in the White Paper.