Extending a Grades 3-5 Early Algebra Learning Progression into Grades K-2 (LEAP 4.1)


The purpose of this project is to develop and test the promise of a Grades K–2 Early Algebra Learning Progression (EALP) to build young children’s algebraic thinking. Algebra is a subject with which students still struggle. One recommendation for improving algebra instruction that has gained widespread acceptance has been to adopt a longitudinal, K–12 approach to teaching and learning algebra, rather than waiting until secondary grades to begin students’ formal algebra education. This project extends our Grades 3–5 EALP work into Grades K–2, with the end result being a complete and comprehensive model for algebra education across the elementary grades

Funded by Institute for Education Sciences R305A170378 (2017-2021)

Principal Investigators

Maria L. Blanton, TERC
Angela Murphy Gardiner, TERC
Eric Knuth, The University of Texas at Austin
Ana Stephens, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Rena Stroud, Merrimack College

Project Staff

Rachel Hayes, TERC
Samantha Prough, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ingrid Ristroph, The University of Texas at Austin
Susanne Strachota, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Yewon Sung, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ranza Veltri Torres, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Advisory Board

Bárbara Brizuela, Tufts University
Susan Jo Russell, TERC

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