How Effective Is TouchMath for Improving Students with Special Needs Academic Achievement on Math Addition Mad Minute Timed Tests?

Zeda G. Wisniewski, M.A. & Denise Skarbek, Ph.D.

The purpose of this action study was to determine if integrating TouchMath into the math curriculum would improve achievement scores in third and fourth graders with special needs. Students were instructed in TouchMath for 14 weeks. During this period, timed tests containing 40 addition problems were administered weekly. All students who participated in the study improved significantly in both speed and accuracy from pretest to posttest, leading the researchers to conclude that TouchMath is effective for this population. Furthermore, students observed were able to retain skills over spring break.