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DreamBox Reading Rated Strong by Evidence for ESSA

DreamBox Reading Program Rated Strong by Evidence for ESSA

Research & Impact

At-a-Glance

Type:

ESSA Rating Summary

Source:

Evidence for ESSA

Grade Level:

4-5

Product:

DreamBox Reading

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The Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University found Reading Plus to have “strong evidence” to support ESSA. Reading Plus was evaluated in a randomized controlled trial examining the impact of the program on the reading proficiency development of 426 fourth- and fifth-grade students in a northeastern U.S. urban school district.

The study found that students who engaged in Reading Plus showed significantly greater improvements in reading proficiency than did control students who received other types of targeted reading instruction.

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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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Reading Motivation and Reading Success: A Two-Way Street

 

Reading Motivation and Reading Success: A Two-Way Street

Research & Impact

At-a-Glance

Type:

Research Brief

Source:

DreamBox by Discovery Education

Grade Level:

K-12

Product:

DreamBox Reading Plus

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Research has shown that students’ perceptions about themselves as readers can affect not only their reading effectiveness but also their engagement with reading and their use of reading as a strategic learning tools. In fact, students with high intrinsic motivation are likely to read three times as many minutes per day as compared to students with low intrinsic motivation. To document the relationship between reading motivation and proficiency, this report focuses on two key domains of motivation (reading interest and reading confidence) and how they relate to reading comprehension, efficiency, and overall reading proficiency. Data were evaluated from a national sample of students who completed both a fall and a spring InSight assessment during one academic school year. The InSight assessment gauges reading proficiency and yields results that can readily be compared with the results of commonly used standardized tests (see InSight Technical Brief for details). For the purpose of this report, students were divided into four motivation-level quartile groups and four proficiency growth quartile groups using national data from the InSight assessment. Across all grade groups:
  • students who reported higher levels of interest and confidence also demonstrated significantly higher levels of reading comprehension and reading efficiency
  • students who engaged in at least 100 DreamBox Reading Plus lessons achieved significantly larger reading proficiency gains than students who did not engage in Reading Plus. Notably, students who completed at least 100 Reading Plus lessons achieved similar reading proficiency growth (always exceeding one year’s worth of growth), regardless of their initial level of interest in reading.
The data presented in the research show that reading interest and reading confidence increase right along with a student’s reading proficiency. DreamBox Reading Plus can help all students become more proficient readers, even students with low reading motivation.

Mystery Writing Logic Model: ESSA Evidence Level IV​

 

Mystery Writing by Discovery Education Logic Model: ESSA Evidence Level IV

Research & Impact

At-a-Glance

Type:

Logic Model

Source:

LearnPlatform by Instructure

Grade Level:

K-5

Product:

Mystery Writing

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Discovery Education engaged LearnPlatform by Instructure, a third-party edtech research company, to develop a logic model for Mystery Writing. LearnPlatform by Instructure designed the logic model to satisfy Level IV requirements (Demonstrates a Rationale) according to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

To continue building evidence of effectiveness and to examine the proposed relationships in the logic model, Discovery Education plans to conduct an evaluation to determine the extent that Mystery Writing produces the desired outcomes. Specifically, Discovery Education has plans to begin an ESSA Level III study.

Because of the development of the logic model and the plan for an ESSA Level III study, Mystery Writing meets Tier IV evidence requirements in compliance with ESSA.

Source

LearnPlatform by Instructure, Researcher Andrew Scanlan, M.A., Researcher Justin Long, M.A., and Associate Director of Research Molly Henschel, Ph.D. “Mystery Science Logic Model.” Discovery Education, December, 2023.

Review of Reading Plus Insight Assessment

National Center on Intensive Intervention Review of DreamBox Reading Insight Assessment

At-a-Glance

Type:

Evaluation

Source:

Center for Intensive Intervention

Product:

DreamBox Reading

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The Reading Plus InSight assessment was reviewed by the National Center for Intensive Intervention (NCII) as an academic screener. NCII evaluated InSight across a range of technical standards and concluded that InSight had “convincing evidence” of validity, reliability, and classification accuracy.

NCII published its review of InSight in June 2019. NCII’s Academic Screening Tools chart is a national list that evaluates the quality of assessments in reading and other academic areas. “Convincing evidence” is the top score granted in NCII’s criteria.

Connecting STEAM Classroom Data to Student Achievement Data

 

Connecting STEAM Classroom Data to Student Achievement Data: An Empirical Perspective

Research & Impact

At-a-Glance

Type:

Research Article

Time Period:

2020

Source:

Journal of Education and Social Development

Subject:

STEAM

Grade:

3-10

Product:

Discovery Education Experience and
Professional Learning

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Abstract

Emerging STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) classrooms in K-12 schools across the United States have prompted researchers to question the impact of STEAM instruction on student achievement. This study examined the relationship between STEAM classroom instructional environment measures and students’ achievement scores in mathematics and language arts using standardized achievement tests. 

Researchers captured multifaceted STEAM instructional strategies associated with creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills using a numeric observation scale associated with four levels of intensity. A series of Spearman Rho correlation procedures were performed to examine the relationship between the classroom observation data (independent variables) and state standardized achievement scores (dependent variables). These data were empirically connected to students’ achievement scores derived from state standardized testing data. 

Implications of empirically connecting STEAM instructional practices to student achievement outcomes may offer an action plan for school districts to capture empirical evidence, thereby assisting them with STEAM funding challenges. Implications of the study may also provide evidence for researchers for determining: (a) effective STEAM instructional strategies; (b) purposeful STEAM professional development; and (c) strategic workforce preparation skills necessary for moving STEAM forward into a global community of learners.

Source

Journal of Education and Social Development

July. 2020, pages 1-9
http://www.ibii-us.org/Journals/JESD/
ISBN 2572-9829 (Online), 2572-9810 (Print)

Florida Study Shows Correlation between Discovery Education and Student Achievement

 

The Relationship Between Discovery Education and State of Florida Grades 3-12 Achievement

Research & Impact

At-a-Glance

Type:

Executive Summary

Time Period:

2018-2019; 2021-2022

Source:

McREL International

Grade Level:

3-12

Products:

  • Discovery Education Experience
  • Science Techbook
  • Social Studies Techbook

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The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between Discovery Education’s market presence and academic achievement in the State of Florida. The study used a correlational design, where the outcomes of interest were school average state assessment scores in Math, Science, English, and Social Studies for Spring 2019 and 2022; and the focal predictor was if a school had a Discovery Education license or not (i.e., treatment or comparison).

The research question this study aimed to answer was whether or not schools with one or a combination of Discovery Education products report higher achievement scores than schools who do not have access to any DE product. The results showed instances where Discovery Education had positive effects on student achievement. 

Texas Study Shows Correlation Between Discovery Education and Student Achievement

 

The Relationship Between Discovery Education and Texas Grades 3-12 Achievement

Research & Impact

At-a-Glance

Type:

Executive Summary

Time Period:

2018-2019; 2021-2022

Source:

McREL International

Grade Level:

3-12

Products:

  • Discovery Education Experience
  • Science Techbook
  • Social Studies Techbook
  • Mystery Science

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The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between Discovery Education’s market presence and academic achievement in the State of Texas. The study used a correlational design, where the outcomes of interest were school average state assessment scores in Math, Science, English, and Social Studies for Spring 2019 and 2022; and the focal predictor was if a school had a Discovery Education license or not (i.e., treatment or comparison).

The research question this study aimed to answer was whether or not schools with one or a combination of Discovery Education products report higher achievement scores than schools who do not have access to any DE product. The results showed instances where Discovery Education had positive effects on student achievement. 

North Carolina Statewide Study Summary of Findings

 

North Carolina Statewide Study Summary of Findings

Research & Impact

At-a-Glance

Type:

Case Study

Time Period:

2016-2017

Source:

Discovery Education Research & Analytics

Grade Level:

K-12

Products:

  • Discovery Education Experience
  • Science Techbook
  • Math Techbook

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Discovery Education Research & Analysis compared partner schools in North Carolina to non-partner schools to study the extent to which achievement on state summative assessments is related to partnership with Discovery Education.

To accomplish this, Discovery Education compared the published school level data for the state of North Carolina for the 2016-2017 school year to a list of Discovery Education partners for the same time period, resulting in an analysis of achievement of DE partner schools vs. non-DE partner schools.

There are 34 performance indicators that show that partner schools perform better than non-DE partner schools. This positive correlation between DE partners and better scores found in the overall sample also holds for several different demographic subgroups.

Grade-Level Proficiency Results
% of students who met the state’s GLP benchmark (2016-2017)

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.