focusMATH is a Tier 2 or Tier 3 remedial program for elementary students who are one or two years below grade level. It is provided in 30-40 minute sessions 2 to 4 days a week, in small groups usually led by a paraprofessional. In each session, paraprofessionals follow a sequence of concept development, guided practice, and independent practice with individual assessments.
Students in focusMATH were compared to similar students who did not receive any structured remedial assistance. On Key Math 3, the average effect size was +0.24. This qualified focusMATH for the ESSA “Strong” category.