Brief Experimental Analysis of Math Interventions: A Synthesis of Evidence

Nicole M. McKevett, Robin S Codding

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Brief experimental analysis (BEA) is a quick method used to identify the function of student learning difficulties and match effective interventions to students’ needs. Extensive work has been done to explore the use of this methodology to determine effective reading interventions; however, a smaller number of published studies have examined the use of BEAs in math. The purpose of the current review was to identify all studies that have used BEA methodology in math. Fifteen studies that included 63 participants and used BEA methodology to identify the most effective math intervention for students were located. Results of the synthesis indicate that the majority of BEAs compared skill and performance interventions on computational fluency; however, the methodology across the included studies varied. Strengths and limitations of the research, in addition to implications for research and practice, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAssessment for Effective Intervention
StateAccepted/In press - 2019


  • assessment
  • BEA
  • brief experimental analysis
  • intervention
  • math

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