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South Carolina Educators Feedback on Experience

 

South Carolina Feedback Survey on Discovery Education Experience

Research & Impact

At-a-Glance

Type:

Survey

Time Period:

September 2022

Source:

Discovery Education Research & Analytics

Grade Level:

K-12

Products:

  • Discovery Education Experience
  • Professional Learning

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The DE Research & Analytics team conducted a feedback survey in September of 2022 to learn more about the use of Discovery Education Experience among South Carolina educators, Specifically, they wanted to glean insights into digital teaching and learning, and how professional learning plays a critical role. The final survey featured a total of 17 responses from experienced educators that taught a range of subjects and grades.

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Exploring Fairness in an Adaptive Learning Platform

 

Exploring Fairness in an Adaptive Learning Platform

Research & Impact

At-a-Glance

Type:

Research Brief

Time Period:

2022-2023

Source:

Discovery Education; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Product:

DreamBox Math

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With rapid advancements and increased awareness in Generative AI tools, companies face pressure to integrate these technologies into their core products. A key concern in deploying these advanced technologies is the potential for inherent biases. However, at DreamBox, we remain focused on achieving optimal and equitable learning outcomes for all students. 

The purpose of this study is to aid the advancement of transparent and equitable AI-systems by sharing our research into factors influencing student learning outcomes in DreamBox Math, including but not limited to the impact of student ethnicity. We collected usage data from a U.S. public school district from 7,707 students spanning grades 3 through 6. The dataset includes metrics such as product usage, class size, grade level, lesson difficulty, student pass rate, and ethnicity to evaluate their influence on student success in DreamBox Math.

As part of our partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we set out to proactively participate in contributing to responsible AI in Education and EdTech products. Our first step towards those goals has been to carefully evaluate our existing adaptive engine as it makes moment-in-time adaptive lesson recommendations to students. Since its release to students over a decade ago, we have been monitoring this system internally, and have continued to evaluate the effectiveness of the adaptive system as we have updated and improved the content and engine over time. 

Research from Over 100,000 Students Shows DreamBox Math Works

 

Research from Over 100,000 Students Shows DreamBox Math Works

Research & Impact

At-a-Glance

Type:

Research Brief

Time Period:

2019 – 2022

Source:

Multiple

Product:

DreamBox Math

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By personalizing instruction, DreamBox Math ensures that all students can achieve significant growth in math.

Over the past several years, Discovery Education has partnered with third-party research organizations, expert data scientists, and education researchers to analyze the efficacy of DreamBox Math across over 100,000 K–8 students. The rich data set includes students using DreamBox Math in class, at home, during accelerated programs, for intervention, and for practice.

Researchers applied a variety of methodologies to explore diverse data for students from different-sized districts, in unique parts of the nation, and facing varying learning challenges. Regardless of how researchers explored data, all types of students’ math proficiency grew with DreamBox Math. The six takeaways in this report demonstrate how versatile this program is for all learners.

Millions of Data Points

100,000+ Students

Six Key Research Takeaways

ELL Students See Significant Growth on EOY Assessments with DreamBox Math

 

ELL Students Using DreamBox Math Demonstrate Significant Growth on End-of-Year Assessments

Research & Impact

At-a-Glance

Type:

Research Brief

Time Period:

2021 – 2022

Source:

Discovery Education

Product:

DreamBox Math

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Napa Valley Unified School District piloted DreamBox Math in 2019, but when the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to go remote, district leaders chose to adopt DreamBox Math for all K–8 students for three years knowing it would be critical to support distance learning. The district believed that this would give educators and students ample time to integrate the solution and allow leaders to analyze efficacy data and measure success.

Through the pandemic and beyond, DreamBox Math has proven essential to address unfinished learning and close math opportunity gaps. Students receive the individualized learning they need, while teachers can monitor their usage, standard mastery, and assign work based on progress. This highly personalized learning, when implemented as designed, has ultimately led to marked student improvement on STAR Math.
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Director of Prevention & Intervention, Napa Valley Unified School District, CA

NVUSD partnered with DreamBox research team in 2022 to explore the impact of DreamBox Math. By analyzing 2021-2022 usage compared with STAR Math achievement results from fall 2021 and spring 2022, the teams believed they could determine if DreamBox Math had an impact on: Standardized test achievement, students across grades K-8 and achievement levels, students who are English Language Learners, and students who qualify for FRL.

Significant Results for ELL Students

Nearly one third of the student population in Napa Valley Unified School District are English Language Learners. Data shows that ELL students in grades 1-8 who completed about one hour of DreamBox Math per week demonstrated 8 percentile points more growth on the end-of-year assessments than students who did not use the program. This significant increase was also evident across all starting achievement levels, all grades, and for students who qualify for FRLP.

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An Implementation Study of the Impact of Science Techbook in Sahuarita, Arizona​

 

An Implementation Study of the Impact of Science Techbook in Sahuarita, Arizona

Research & Impact

At-a-Glance

Type:

Executive Summary

Time Period:

2022-2023

Source:

McRel International

Grade Level:

6-8

Product:

Science Techbook

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Discovery Education retained the services of McREL International to study the use and impact of its Middle School Science Techbook in Arizona’s Sahuarita Unified School District (SUSD) during the 2022-23 school year. The purpose of the study was to answer two research questions: 1. What is the correlation between Techbook use and change in science aptitude? 2. What are the successes and challenges for teachers in using the Techbook?

To answer these questions, a science aptitude assessment was administered in fall 2022 to serve as a baseline academic performance predictor, and then again in spring 2023 to serve as the dependent variable in the analyses. Semi-structured individual interviews were also conducted in the fall and spring. Finally, an implementation survey was administered in February 2023 to gauge teacher perception on the implementation and use of Science Techbook. The quantitative results meet the Every Student Succeeds Act’s (ESSA) Tier 3 level of evidence: Promising Evidence.

Source

Kramer, B., Rentz, B., Merth, R., Ryan, S., Kriescher, D. (2023). An implementation study of the Discovery Education Science Techbook for middle school in Sahuarita, Arizona. McREL International.

Sahuarita and Freeport-McMoRan Foundation Partnership Impacts Grade-Level Proficiency​

 

Sahuarita and Freeport-McMoRan Foundation Partnership Impacts Grade-Level Proficiency

Research & Impact

At-a-Glance

Type:

Evaluation Study

Time Period:

Jan 2020 – Oct 2020

Source:

Decisive Data Insights

Grade Level:

K-8

Products:

  • Discovery Education Experience
  • Science Techbook

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Sahuarita Unified School District (SUSD), located just south of Tucson, Arizona, serves 5,800 students enrolled in PK-12 grades. The district has been the recipient of funding via the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation (FCX Foundation), whose goal is to build resiliency in communities where it has a presence.

This evaluation is the first study that seeks to understand the impact of various SUSD initiatives funded by the FCX Foundation, and was led by researcher Dr. Brett Kramer of Decisive Data Insights. The study began with stakeholder engagement. The research team then collected performance data across the funded projects, analyzed the data to determine partnership effects, and tied those effects back to larger measures to inform the direction of future investments.

The investment in Discovery Education led to an increase in math, science, and reading proficiency. And, with 18 positive effects across grade and subjects, it can be concluded that use of Discovery Education led to better academic outcomes in every subject and grade level, to some degree, than what would have been attained without its use. 

What Works Clearinghouse Review of DreamBox Reading

At-a-Glance

Type:

Evaluation

Source:

Institute of Education Sciences What Works Clearinghouse

Grade Level:

5-9

Product:

DreamBox Reading

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The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) is a trusted source of scientific evidence on education programs and solutions that works to answer the question, “What works in education?” As part of the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education, WWC reviews research, determines which studies meet rigorous standards, and summarizes the findings to inform decisions and improve student outcomes.

While the WWC has not reviewed DreamBox Reading’s most recently submitted research, it has found Reading Plus to have potentially positive effects on comprehension for adolescent learners. Learn more about Reading Plus’ WWC Summary of Evidence, which includes a study from Miami-Dade reflecting statistically significant positive effects, examining 13,128 students in grades 5-9 across 98 schools.