Social Ventures Australia is to be acknowledged for sponsoring the QuickSmart Randomised Control Trial (RCT) study, and Sydney Catholic Schools is to be applauded on allowing its schools to participate in the study. The commitment and dedication of the schools and staff to QuickSmart and the study are deeply appreciated.
The study highlighted significant challenges for SiMERR in implementing RCT methodology in school settings. That knowledge has the potential to improve the design, implementation and analyses of future RCT studies in Australia. Importantly, the study confirmed evidence that QuickSmart has assembled over nearly 20 years in schools across Australia that following the acquisition of automaticity in basic mathematical skills, further time and consideration is needed by primary- and secondary-school students for these acquired skills and understandings to be applied seamlessly in mathematical problem solving activities, including higher-order and/or extended questions.