Research and Resouces

Research shows the impact of Montessori on outcomes such as school readiness, academic achievement, executive function skills, and more.

What the research shows

Dozens of studies show how Montessori supports a wide range of developmental outcomes.

Executive Functions

Montessori supports executive function skills, including self-regulation, working memory, planning, and inhibitory control. Executive functions predict positive life-long outcomes such as academic achievement, income potential, and marital satisfaction.

Academic Achievement

Montessori supports self-regulation and intrinsic motivation, which correlate with academic achievement. In language arts, children in Montessori classrooms have shown strengths in decoding, letter-word identification, reading assessments, sentence structure, and writing creativity. In mathematics, children have shown higher scores in applied problem solving, understanding of math concepts, and standardized test scores.

Social Development

Montessori supports social problem solving ability, a sense of community and social justice, positive perceptions of classmates, and construcive social problem-solving.

School Readiness

While the Montessori approach recognizes that learning begins at birth, well before conventional schooling starts, children in Montessori preschool and kindergarten classrooms have shown strengths in traditional “school readiness” measures.


Making the Case for Public Montessori

White Papers

NCMPS produces a series of White Papers to provide support for Montessori implementation and program development for use with administrators, policy makers, legislators, and wherever else they can be helpful.

These papers are free to download and use with attribution to the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector.