ESSA Webinar Recording

Watch the webinar by David DeSchryver, Director at Whiteboard Advisors.  

Implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) during the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. 

 

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Every Student Succeeds Act | ESSA

 

 

Imagine Learning and ESSA

At Imagine Learning, we are committed to conducting rigorous research that meets the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) evidence standards. Imagine Learning exceeds the minimum requirement set out by the law for product effectiveness. We are excited to share our strong, moderate and promising research for our products.

 
What is ESSA?

The purpose of the Every Student Succeeds Act is to elevate educational standards and accountability across the nation. Under ESSA, educational technology is considered evidence-based if it is supported by research that meets the methodological requirements of a Strong, Moderate, or Promising study design and demonstrates significant, positive student outcomes.

The Department of Education has recommended that educational agencies consider adopting programs that meet any of ESSA’s three levels of evidence as they are the most likely to produce positive student outcomes.

 
What does ESSA mean by evidence-based?

The Every Child Succeeds Act suggested that in order for a program to be evidence-based it must be evaluated using rigorous scientific methods and be well-designed and well-implemented using the following methods:

 

Experimental, quasi-experimental, and correlational research design 

Treatment and control groups  

Rigorous statistical analysis 

Statistically significant positive results  

Nationally-normed assessment  

Multi-site research  

 

 

 

 

 

New research spots available now!

We’re recruiting research partners for the Fall 2018-2019 school year.

This is an excellent opportunity to obtain FREE access to Imagine Learning programs. We are seeking districts that administer DIBELS for our next round of research. Participating districts will receive additional incentives.  

  

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Imagine Math Facts

 

 

 

 

ESSA Evidence Standard | Strong

Journal of Behavioral Education study finds statistically significant improvement in multiplication fact fluency for third-grade students.

(Berret & Carter, 2017)

The results of this study were published in the Journal of Behavioral Education. Using a multiple-baseline design, three groups of students showed significant growth after they started using Imagine Math Facts. Each group started using Imagine Math Facts at different times (e.g., group one started using the program week 3 of the study, group two during week 4, and group three during week 5). The positive results were repeated across all three study groups.  

 

✓ Experimental design with staggered baseline starts 

✓ Mulitple treatment groups  

✓ Rigorous statistical analysis 

✓ Replicated effects  

Statistically significant positive results

Peer reviewed 

 

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Imagine Math

 

 

 

 

ESSA Evidence Standard | Moderate

The Gibson Study: Students in grades 3–8 show statistically significant gains in Texas Education Agency report.

(Texas SUCCESS Comprehensive Report, 2013-2014)

This mixed-methods study evaluated the Texas SUCCESS program implemented in school districts across the state during the 2013–2014 school year. After accounting for other observable factors that may influence student outcomes, the results revealed that Grades 3-8 students who attempted 20 or more Imagine Math lessons achieved significantly greater scores on the STAAR-Mathematics test than non-users. The results of this report provide moderate evidence that Imagine Math is an effective educational program. 

 

✓ Quasi-experimental study 

✓ Treatment and control groups  

✓ 3rd- party research 

✓ Rigorous statistical matching and analysis 

✓ Statistically significant positive results  

✓ Nationally-normed assessment  

✓ Multi-site sample 

 

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ESSA Evidence Standard | Moderate

Positive growth for users in grades 3–8 noted in Houston Independent School District Research and Accountability report.

(HISD Research Educational Program Report, 2013-2014)

This study was conducted to investigate the impact of the Imagine Math program on STAAR mathematics achievement. Propensity score nearest neighbor matching was used to compare the performance of students who took both the spring 2013 and 2014 STAAR mathematics assessments and used Imagine Math in 2013–2014 with the performance of other students who did not use Imagine Math. The report revealed that Imagine Math users were more likely than non-users to achieve a higher placement level on the Spring 2014 STAAR assessment. Further, statistical analysis revealed that students who completed more Imagine Math lessons achieved higher scaled scores on the STAAR assessment. The results of this report provide moderate evidence that Imagine Math is an effective educational program. 

 

✓ Quasi-experimental study 

✓ Treatment and control groups  

✓ Rigorous statistical matching and analysis 

✓ Statistically significant positive results  

✓ Nationally-normed assessment  

✓ Multi-site sample 

 

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ESSA Evidence Standard | Promising

Snyder Report: Utah State University study finds significant positive effects for grade 3–12 students.

(STEM Action Center Grant Program Annual Evaluation Report, 2015-2016)

This third-party evaluation study assessed the effectiveness of nine software products, including Imagine Math, that were used across the state of Utah during the 2015–2016 school year. Compared to students who did not use the program, students who used Imagine Math with high fidelity were more than three times as likely to be categorized as proficient on a statewide mathematics assessment. The effect of Imagine Math on math proficiency far surpassed that of the other programs evaluated in the same report. The results of this report provide promising evidence that Imagine Math is an effective educational program. 

 

✓ Evaluation study 

✓ Treatment and control groups  

✓ 3rd- party research 

✓ Rigorous statistical matching and analysis 

✓ Statistically significant positive results  

✓ Nationally-normed assessment  

✓ Multi-site sample 

 

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ESSA Evidence Standard | Promising

Improved student outcomes shown in STEM Action Center Program Evaluation.

(University of Utah in partnership with Utah Valley University, 2016-2017)

This third-party evaluation study provides analyses of student outcomes for the 2016-17 academic year associated with student use of five mathematics software programs, including Imagine Math. Students were compared to similar peers by holding constant the following variables: school type, school Title 1 status, free or reduced lunch eligibility, race/ethnicity, gender, and 2016 SAGE math raw score. Findings specific to Imagine Math usage suggest that Imagine Math users are 33% more likely than their peers to be proficient. Further statistical analysis showed that using the Imagine Math program 25 minutes or more per week will increase the likelihood of students being classified as proficient in math by at least 41%. The results of this report provide promising evidence that Imagine Math is an effective educational program.  

 

✓ Quasi-experimental study 

✓ Treatment and control groups  

✓ 3rd- party research 

✓ Rigorous statistical matching and analysis 

✓ Statistically significant positive results  

✓ Nationally-normed assessment  

✓ Multi-site sample 

 

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Imagine Language & Literacy

 

 

 

 

ESSA Evidence Standard | Moderate

SEG Measurement research shows statistically significant positive effects for English language learners in grades 3-5.

(A Study of the Effectiveness of Imagine Learning on Student Reading Achievement, 2012-2013)

This quasi-experimental study was conducted in California. Baseline equivalence was established using rigorous statistical-matching methods. Students in grades 3-5 who used Imagine Language & Literacy outperformed students who did not use the program (measured by Scantron Reading Assessment). Additionally, second grade students who used Imagine Learning showed statistically significant greater Lexile growth than students who did not use the program. This multi-site study within one urban district. 

 

✓ Quasi-experimental study 

✓ Treatment and control groups  

✓ 3rd- party research 

✓ Rigorous statistical matching and analysis 

✓ Statistically significant positive results  

✓ Nationally-normed assessment  

✓ Multi-site sample 

 

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ESSA Evidence Standard | Moderate

Utah State Board of Education study associates statistically significant positive effects for early elementary students.

(Utah’s Early Intervention Reading Software Program, K-3 Program Evaluation Results, 2016- 2017)   

Imagine Language & Literacy is a selected vendor for the state of Utah’s Early Intervention Software Program. Over 160 schools and more than 20,000 students used Imagine Learning as part of the state initiative during the 2016-2017 school year. In a state commissioned evaluation, the Evaluation and Training Institute (ETI, 2017) reported that Imagine Language & Literacy users in grades K, 2, and 3, demonstrated statistically significant higher growth than students who did not use the program. The outcome measure for the evaluation was DIBELS. 

 

✓ Quasi-experimental study 

✓ Treatment and control groups  

✓ 3rd- party research 

✓ Rigorous statistical matching and analysis 

✓ Statistically significant positive results  

✓ Nationally-normed assessment  

✓ Multi-site state-wide sample 

 

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ESSA Evidence Standard | Moderate

Early Intervention Software Program Evaluation demonstrates statistically significant positive effects for K-2 students in Utah.

(Evaluation and Training Institute, 2015-2016)

During the 2015-2016 school year, over 23,000 students in the state of Utah used Imagine Learning as part of the state’s Early intervention Software Program. Students used Imagine Language & Literacy for 20 weeks on average. In an evaluation of program impact, the Evaluation and Training Institute (ETI, 2016) reported that Imagine Language & Literacy users demonstrated statistically significant higher growth on DIBELS than students who did not use the program

 

✓ Quasi-experimental study 

✓ Treatment and control groups  

✓ 3rd- party research 

✓ Rigorous statistical matching and analysis 

✓ Statistically significant positive results  

✓ Nationally-normed assessment  

✓ State-wide sample 

 

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ESSA Evidence Standard | Promising

Statistically significant positive effect for English language learners shown in Journal of Research and Reading study.

(Cassady, Smith, & Thomas, 2017)

This study was a randomized control trial that showed positive impact for first grade English language learners in a southwestern state.  English language learners in kindergarten and first grade were randomly assigned to use Imagine Learning at the school level. Fourteen Imagine Learning user schools and thirteen control schools participated in the study, representing seven rural and urban school districts. Literacy achievement was measured using a nationally-normed, standardized assessment.  This third-party study is significant in that it demonstrates that computer-assisted instruction (Imagine Language & Literacy) is effective for improving literacy skills among first grade English language learners.

 

✓ Experimental design with randomly assigned schools 

✓ Treatment and control groups  

✓ 3rd- party research 

✓ Rigorous statistical analysis 

✓ Statistically significant positive results  

✓ Peer reviewed

✓ Nationally-normed assessment  

✓ State-wide sample 

 

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Are you interested in being a research partner?

 

We are seeking partnerships with school districts for future efficacy studies. Participants will receive free licenses and other perks.

 

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