This third edition of The Noodle Markets Report, which ran exclusively on Education Week, studies the landscape of 6-8 math curricular resources (both core and supplemental) and their impacts on student achievement.
Our findings suggest that a few 6-8 math products correlated to higher achievement, most notably the non-traditional personalized learning initiative from New Classrooms, Teach to One. In terms of spending, we found that low-achieving districts across the socioeconomic spectrum spent 30% more per student than middle and high-achieving districts. Finally, it’s notable that yearly spending growth on supplemental (largely digital) 6-8 math resources outpaced spending on core resources (largely textbooks), 90% to 63%.
The Noodle Markets Report is a monthly analysis of K-12 purchasing data, exploring market trends and possible impacts of curriculum and instructional resources. With support from SmartProcure, Noodle Markets examines thousands of lines of purchase orders, assessment data, and demographic information.
- Socioeconomic status continues to be a predictor for 6-8 math achievement.
- Yet there is variation in product usage among high performing districts, across district socioeconomic status–and that variation is not necessarily related to cost.
- Some products appeared to moderate the impact of socioeconomic level on achievement.
- Across categories, over 36% of spending goes to three companies: Pearson, McGraw-Hill, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. This is a smaller share than we observed in our report of K-3 math resources (over 85% of spending.)
- Low-achieving districts across the socioeconomic spectrum spent 30% more per student than middle and high-achieving districts. Median per student spending was ~$85.
- Yearly spending growth on supplemental (largely digital) 6-8 math resources outpaced spending on core resources (largely textbooks), 90% to 63%.