Focus Area 01: Mathematics & Science Education

Measure Up

ELS second and third graders are helping researchers develop a unique elementary mathematics program called Measure Up. Researchers observe students engaged in number, measurement, algebra, and geometry activities to learn how these activities stimulate algebraic thinking and foster development of problem-solving skills.

The curriculum being designed and developed for grades 1–5 is based on preliminary work by a group of psychologists, mathematicians, and educators in Russia. The CRDG mathematics section, in collaboration with the Institute of Developmental Psychology and Pedagogy (Krasnoyarsk, Russia), will combine this earlier work with new findings from pilot-test sites at ELS, Connections Public Charter School in Hilo, and a laboratory school in Krasnoyarsk.

“I have been amazed at the sophisticated mathematics young children are able to work with. These children are working with mathematical ideas that are often found in the middle grades.”

Barbara Dougherty
Measure Up Project Director


  • Development continues for Measure Up, a research-based elementary mathematics curriculum that uses measurement as the basis for developing understanding of algebraic concepts.
  • CRDG and Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore are collaborating to create an introductory engineering mathematics course based on the CRDG text Algebra I: A Process Approach.
  • Reshaping Mathematics for Understanding developed three modules now available.Reshaping Mathematics for Understanding developed three modules now available.
  • Mathematics faculty published Explorations in Algebra.
  • Write Way Journal Prompts are being used widely to improve standardized test scores