District Recognition Staff

Research Project Shows Progress in Working Memory and Academics

Stock photo of math equations on a chalkboard.

Developing various methods of helping students succeed is imperative for schools, and one Ladue School District employee has contributed to this goal by striving to understand the relationship between working memory capacity and academic performance.

Maggie Travers, the district’s psychologist, spearheaded the schools’ participation with a research project called Cogmed Working Memory Training, which has shown progress for students with working memory and math.

Travers’ involvement began in 2012 with a pilot program for five students, and when those first steps garnered interest, she applied for a grant from the Ladue Education Foundation. The foundation awarded the funds, which paved the way for an additional 30 students’ involvement in the program. The research project began in the fall of 2013 and continued to the spring of 2014.

Recent data shows that students’ working memory improved, and that state math assessment scores also rose. For more information about the program and Travers’ involvement, read an article published by Pearson Education.