The Effectiveness of the TouchMath Program with Fourth-and Fifth-Grade Special Education Students

Nora D. Green, Master of Science in Special Education, Special Education Teacher

This action research study investigates whether or not TouchMath used as a supplement to the Everyday Math program is an effective tool in increasing special education students' math achievement. Fourth- and fifth-grade students used the TouchMath Program over a four-week period. Pre- and posttests were given to the students, both teacher made, and TOMA-2 (Test of Mathematical Ability 2nd Edition).

Survey participants included kindergarten through third-grade teachers randomly selected from all elementary schools in the United States. The data supports the following conclusions:

  • A significant increase was seen in test scores
  • An extremely positive increase in students' behavior was demonstrated, as well as improvement in work completion, and self concept
  • Students also showed a decrease in avoidance behavior and frustration