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Accelerated Maths

Limited for Primary maths
Limited for Secondary maths

Intervention description

Accelerated Maths is a supplementary approach to mathematics teaching that uses computers to assess pupils' levels of performance, and then generates assignments appropriate to their needs. Pupils scan completed assignments into the computer, which gives teachers regular reports that they can use to develop targeted interventions. The Accelerated Maths curriculum focuses on foundational skills, especially computations, and is intended for use along with other maths programmes. Any evidence in support of the programme is based on a trained version.

Renaissance Learning also offer a comprehensive reform model for both primary and secondary which includes interventions in reading and writing as well as professional development opportunities, organisation and management solutions, technical assistance, strategies for parental involvement, and a plan for annual evaluation.

Professional development/training

A programme of remote and on-site training accompanies the implementation of Accelerated Maths, additional professional development packages available on request.


A cloud-based programme, hosted on network sites. Students and teachers log onto the programme to take practices and assignments or to access reports. Assignments can be taken either on computers, laptops and tablets or with pencil and paper. Practices can also be taken at home using Renaissance Home Connect.

Evidence Summary

The Best Evidence Encyclopaedia (2009) rated Accelerated Maths as having limited evidence of effectiveness for primary maths and no evidence of effectiveness for secondary maths.

The What Works Clearinghouse (2008) found Accelerated Maths to have mixed effects on primary maths achievement and no discernible effects on secondary maths achievement.

The studies found an overall effect size of +0.08 in primary maths and +0.05 in secondary maths.

Limited for Primary maths
No. of studies 6
No. of students 7,766
Average effect size +0.08
Limited for Secondary maths
No. of studies 4
No. of students 2,634
Average effect size +0.05

Key research

The Best Evidence Encyclopaedia included five qualifying studies for primary maths, studies are only included if they use a testing method other than STAR Math which is closely aligned with the objectives and format of Accelerated Maths.

Three studies of Accelerated Maths met the What Works Clearinghouse standards for inclusion. One of the studies found substantively important positive effects on primary maths, while the other two studies showed indeterminate effects.

Key stages

  • Key Stage 1
  • Key Stage 2
  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4


From £3.30 per pupil, per year. Available by subscription.

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