Accelerating Mathematics Performance with Practice Strategies (AMPPS) 1:1 Program 

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More than 60% of U.S. students struggle in mathematics and need more effective interventions to assist them with meeting grade-level expectations. Teachers and math researchers generally agree that the goal of intervention for elementary-school students who struggle in mathematics is to master whole number knowledge, which is a critical area that not only predicts performance on higher-level math skills throughout later schooling but is also associated with positive outcomes in adulthood.

Discussions with math educators over the past decade consistently suggest that teachers need additional support and resources to improve their students’ procedural fluency and conceptual understanding with whole number operations.  Although the AMPPS Program for Small Groups (AMPPS-SG) has been demonstrated to successfully improve students’ math fluency, some students may require more individualized support in order to make substantial growth.

The primary goal of AMPPS-1:1 is to improve students’ whole numbers knowledge in a one-on-one (adult-student) instructional context by targeting three core areas: (a) numeracy, (b) operations, and (c) word problem solving. 

The AMPPS Curriculum is divided into 8 units, with each unit focusing on a specific skill. For example, units include Addition with Sums 0 to 10 (Unit A), Subtraction with Minuends 0 to 10 (Unit B), Complex Addition of Three One-Digit Numbers (Unit E), and Complex Addition and Subtraction with Regrouping (Unit H). Units are arranged hierarchically according to the Common Core State Standards Initiative in Mathematics (CCSSI-M) in order to account for key prerequisite skills. Each unit is comprised of 3 lessons. Additional units covering Multiplication and Division are forthcoming. 

Research Supporting the  AMPPS 1:1 Program

AMPPS-1:1 is evidence-based because all of the instructional and motivational components of the program have been widely shown in past studies to effectively improve students’ math abilities. However, all materials and procedures for AMPPS-1:1 implementation were only recently completed. As such, research evaluating the impact of AMPPS-1:1 on student learning is currently being completed. 

Although we anticipate that (like AMPPS-SG) the AMPPS-1:1 Program will significantly improve students’ math skills, we will continue to conduct rigorous evaluations to determine its effectiveness. If you are interested in the most up to date information about AMPPS-1:1 research, please contact us. If you would like a brief summary of research specifically evaluating the AMPPS-SG Program, click here.

 

Accessing the AMPPS 1:1 Materials

The main materials for the AMPPS-1:1 Program include an Instructor’s Manual, Implementation Protocols, and Instructional Materials. The Manual is required for learning how to implement all aspects of the program. The Implementation Protocols outline each step of an AMPPS-1:1 session, including implementation flow charts, activity descriptions, and key information for the instructor. The Instructional Materials include materials that are necessary to implement an AMPPS-1:1 session, such as flashcards, number lines, ten frames, story problems, and progress monitoring activity sheets.

All materials and procedures for AMPPS-1:1 implementation were completed early in 2021. At this time we are continuing to evaluate the effectiveness of the program and will then be finalizing the AMPPS-1:1 Instructor’s Manual and Training Video. When completed, these materials will be offered for free, downloadable access (anticipated release is 2022). 

Until the AMPPS-1:1 Instructor’s Manual and Training Video are completed, we will be offering a limited number of online AMPPS-1:1 training workshops and attendees of those workshops will receive the downloadable Implementation Protocols and Instructional Materials for free. This training will also include personalized coaching and feedback to ensure each educator leaning the program is ultimately using AMPPS-1:1 most effectively. 

Please see the Training section below to learn more and register for a low-cost AMPPS-1:1 training.

Training for AMPSS 1:1 Program

Free or Low-Cost Workshops

The primary focus of AMPPS-1:1 trainings is to show educators how to successfully implement the program and to answer all questions. Also, attendees will have opportunities to practice implementing AMPPS-1:1 while our expert trainers provide feedback and support.

Do-it-Yourself Training

As described above, we anticipate providing the AMPPS-1:1 Instructor’s Manual and AMPPS-1:1 Training Video for free, downloadable access by 2022. Once this Instructor’s Manual and Training Video are completed, they will be available on this website so that teachers have the option for do-it-yourself training. Until then, we encourage those interested in AMPPS-1:1 to attend one of our training workshops in order to learn the program and access all needed implementation materials.

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Frequently Asked Questions About AMPPS-1:1

Please contact us if you have any questions that are not answered on this page or you simply want to talk with one of our HELPS experts.