Math Intervention: Celebrating Each Success

Math Intervention: Celebrating Each Success

Educators know all too well how crucial math skills are for academic success. Yet, for some students, math is a stumbling block that derails learning and erodes confidence. Gaps in foundational math skills can extend beyond just that subject and affect a student’s overall academic performance and self-confidence. This is when high-quality math interventions can be utilized to get students back on track with their understanding of math.

In many ways, quality math intervention mirrors the best practices from reading and behavioral student intervention. These programs utilize research-based strategies and resources, monitor progress to identify gaps, and ensure students develop a solid grasp of math concepts and skills.

Interventions should be provided in small groups of 3-6 students, 3 to 5 times a week, 15 to 45 minutes per session. These inventions should be provided routinely and effectively for 4-6 weeks to determine the success of the services being provided. Each student should have targeted goals that they work towards, and the teacher should utilize data tracking and progress monitoring to show students have mastered their goal and then create a new targeted sequential goal.

Laura Nicole Hill, Classroom Resources Subject Matter Expert

Schools can help struggling students get back on track by identifying gaps in their math knowledge early and providing intentional, targeted support with RTI (Response to Intervention) strategies.


The most prominent and proven example of a research-based student intervention program is the multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS). This program outlines the essential components and support mechanisms for a tiered intervention approach determined by the student’s needs.

MTSS essential components:

Learn More: How to Create and Deliver High-quality Student Interventions

Additional Keys to Successful Math Interventions

Alongside the importance of these components of math intervention is the way in which it’s delivered. While administering an intervention program, keep these additional keys in mind.

  • Celebrate success and maintain a positive learning environment
  • During the MTSS Screening process, avoid premature labeling and stigma
  • Consider cultural sensitivity in your program design
  • Collaborate with other educators to develop the most effective solutions

Having the right resources to support instruction and intervention allows teachers to focus more on building relationships with students. These relationships create a sense of community and connection in the classroom, allowing students to develop an overall learning mindset where each success is celebrated, and mistakes are viewed as opportunities for growth.

By making math intervention a priority, schools can transform the trajectory for struggling students. Math intervention provides proven guidance and practice for students who need to overcome barriers in the subject. With patience and the right support system, students who struggle with math concepts can develop proficiency in essential math skills and re-engage with learning.

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