Test scores were not significantly higher in classrooms using selected reading and mathematics software products than those in control classrooms, according to a new study released by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance.
The study, titled "Effectiveness of Reading and Mathematics Software: Findings from the First Student Cohort," was published on April 4. The research focused on 16 products selected for review and grouped into the areas of first grade reading, fourth grade reading, sixth grade math, and algebra.
Some substantial variation was found among schools in terms of the effects on student achievement. For first grade, effects were larger in schools with smaller student-teacher ratios. For fourth grade, the effects were larger when teachers reported higher use of the study product.
The full report and an executive summary can be found online in PDF format at http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/pubs/20074005/.
U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, http://ies.ed.gov.