Date of Award


Document Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education



First Advisor

Bernadette Newton


Curriculum and Instruction


The intent of the research was to determine how incorporating Daily 5 Math into daily instruction would improve standards based assessment scores. The research study took place in a first grade classroom located in Bismarck, North Dakota. The four data sources of data collection used in this research included district standard based assessments, a student survey, teacher observations, and common formative assessments. The data showed an overall increase in students’ assessment scores from trigger scores given at the beginning of the year to baseline scores, four weeks later. Students were very proud of their accomplishments over such a short period of time. The results of this research indicate that using the management system of Daily 5 Math may be a great way to improve students’ assessment scores in a primary setting.