Michigan Lawmakers Provide Statewide Access to Math Recovery® Program

The Michigan legislature and governor allocated $152.4 million in ESSER II funds and $5 million in GEER II funds toward K-8 summer programming, grade 9-12 credit recovery, and before- and after-school programming.

A portion of this funding will cover Math Recovery® programming that helps educators learn to design, implement, and analyze mathematics instruction based on individual student learning. Research-based diagnostic assessments, learning progressions or sequencing, and high-quality instructional tools help participants increase student understanding and achievement.

We are spotlighting this because assessment data show that students have suffered the greatest losses in mathematics, so the use of federal relief funds to focus on math achievement through evidenced-based practice is noteworthy.

Reviewer Analysis

The Education Trust

We are excited to see an accelerated learning program that is evidence-based. Research shows that accelerated learning practices are most effective for younger students, based in strong relationships, and targeted to students based on assessment data.

The Rural Alliance

There are a number of pieces to these programs to like: learning opportunities, math focus, learning progressions, and research based. We are most excited by the programming to help educators learn to design, implement and analyze math instruction. There is an opportunity for the teacher to become a more developed professional


Putting funding into place to target math losses particularly makes sense given that is the subject where students have seen the biggest impact. It appears as though the program provides teachers with the training needed to use the program and its principles with fidelity. The training piece is critical given how much educators have had to figure out new learning modalities on the fly over the last few years.

The Data Quality Campaign

It is promising that this investment focuses on helping educators implement personalized learning with research-based diagnostic assessments. When teachers have access to actionable assessments and research-based instructional tools, they are prepared to understand and support every student.

New Leaders

Focusing funds on math professional learning that is research-based and helps teachers use data effectively is a step towards learning acceleration. To effectively implement this plan, Michigan will need to also consider support for school leaders’ and their ability to bolster teachers’ learning and consistent implementation of these practices.

The Bush Center

Targeted support for math is a strong use of funding.

Southern Regional Education Board

The target is exceptionally important (learning loss in math. By collaborating with the MiSTEM network, the potential for sustainability of the effort is exceptional.

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