in the early 1990s, after a long series of disappointing results on national and international mathematics achievement tests—for example, TIMSS (1998) and NAEP (Campbell, Hombo, and Mazzeo 2000)—the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded the development of thirteen complete mathematics programs at the elementary school, middle school, and secondary school levels.

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## Integrated Curricula and Preparation for College Mathematics

### Thomas R. Post, Debra S. Monson, Edwin Andersen, and Michael R. Harwell

## Effects on Mathematics and Executive Function of a Mathematics and Play Intervention Versus Mathematics Alone

### Douglas H. Clements, Julie Sarama, Carolyn Layzer, Fatih Unlu, and Lily Fesler

Early education is replete with debates about “academic” versus “play” approaches. We evaluated 2 interventions, the *Building Blocks* (BB) mathematics curriculum and the BB synthesized with scaffolding of play to promote executive function (BBSEF), compared to a business-as-usual (BAU) control using a 3-armed cluster randomized trial with more than 1,000 children in 84 preschool classrooms across three districts (multiracial or multiethnic, low income, 27% English Language Learner). Impact estimates for BBSEF were mixed in sign, small in magnitude, and insignificant. Most impact estimates for BB were positive, but only a few were statistically significant, with more in the kindergarten year (delayed effects), including both mathematics achievement and executive function (EF) competencies. Gains in both mathematics and EF can be mutually supportive and thus resist the fade-out effect.

## A Multi-Institutional Study of High School Mathematics Curricula and College Mathematics Achievement and Course Taking

### Michael R. Harwell, Thomas R. Post, Amanuel Medhanie, Danielle N. Dupuis, and Brandon LeBeau

This study examined the relationship between high school mathematics curricula and student achievement and course-taking patterns over 4 years of college. Three types of curricula were studied: National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded curricula, the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project curriculum, and commercially developed curricula. The major result was that high school mathematics curricula were unrelated to college mathematics achievement or students' course-taking patterns for students who began college with precalculus (college algebra) or a more difficult course. However, students of the NSF-funded curricula were statistically more likely to begin their college mathematics at the developmental level.

## An Analysis of Secondary Mathematics Textbooks With Regard to Technology Integration

### Milan F. Sherman, Charity Cayton, Candace Walkington, and Alexandra Funsch

further study of the impact of the technology component of integrated curricula on their effectiveness. Studies have also distinguished whether a curriculum was standards-based or traditional ( Stein et al., 2007 ), finding differences in how DGS was

## Exploring the Mathematics of Gravity

### Debasmita Basu, Nicole Panorkou, Michelle Zhu, Pankaj Lal, and Bharath K. Samanthula

integrated curriculum design, which focuses on engaging students in covariational reasoning, can be used by mathematics teachers to implement such integrated STEM lessons. The Science of Gravity To successfully implement integrated curricula, a