Everyday Mathematics The University of Chicago School Mathematics Project

Measuring EM Implementation

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Component Framework

The EM Component Framework was developed with support from the National Science Foundation (#06280052, 2007-2010) as part of a larger study to measure the enactment of six reform-based K-8 mathematics and science instructional materials programs, including Everyday Mathematics. In this foundational study, developers and teachers from each of the six programs identified and described their programs’ essential components. These descriptions were synthesized and organized into a comprehensive, general framework.

The EM-specific component framework was updated and refined through the support of a second National Science Foundation study (#1109595, 2011-2015) to understand the implementation, spread and sustainability of Everyday Mathematics within multiple school district contexts. The EM framework, updated both for EM 3rd Edition and EM 4th Edition, guided the development of multiple research instruments to measure the implementation of Everyday Mathematics, including a teacher questionnaire, a teacher log, and a classroom observation protocol.

To learn more about the development of the EM Component Framework and its application in the context of Everyday Mathematics, please visit the following publications or contact Jeanne Century at jcentury@uchicago.edu.

  • Century, J., Rudnick, M., & Freeman, C. (2010). A framework for measuring fidelity of implementation: A foundation for shared language and accumulation of knowledge. American Journal of Evaluation, 31(2), 199-218.
  • Century, J., & Cassata A. (2014). Conceptual foundations for measuring the implementation of educational innovations. In L.M.H. Sanetti & T.R. Kratochwill (Eds.), Treatment Integrity: A Foundation for Evidence-Based Practice in Applied Psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

About this section

The resources in this section are for K-12 district and school leaders, researchers, and others interested in understanding how teachers in a particular setting are implementing Everyday Mathematics.

EM Component Framework

The EM components are organized into four main groups: Structural Procedural Components, Educative Components, Pedagogical Components, and Student Engagement Components.


Teacher Instructional Questionnaire for Everyday Mathematics

A 30-minute survey that asks teachers to report their use of each EM component within their most recently completed instructional unit, providing a unit-specific Component Profile.


Are you interested in measuring implementation of Everyday Mathematics in your school or district, but not sure where to start? Outlier Research & Evaluation offers a range of services to support questionnaire administration, technical support, data analysis, and data reporting. For more information, contact Jeanne Century at jcentury@uchicago.edu.