Background: Imagine Language & Literacy in California
During the 2017–2018 school year, seven elementary schools in a southern California school district implemented Imagine Language & Literacy as a supplemental tool for students in kindergarten through grade five. To determine the impact of the program on student growth, the association between the number of lessons students passed within the Imagine Language & Literacy program and the NWEA MAP RIT score growth students experienced was evaluated. Students who used Imagine Language & Literacy logged an average of approximately twenty-eight hours in the program across the school year.
Results: Student Usage Associated with Positive Score Growth
The figures below present the average NWEA MAP Reading RIT score growth for students who used Imagine Language & Literacy during the 2017–2018 school year. The results from the beginning of the year to the middle of the year (Figure 1) and beginning of the year to the end of the year (Figure 2) demonstrate positive and statistically significant associations between increasing use of the Imagine Language & Literacy program and score growth on the NWEA MAP Reading assessment.
Conclusions: Imagine Language & Literacy Helps Students Learn and Achieve
The results of this study support the role of Imagine Language & Literacy as a supplemental tool for the development of language and literacy achievement. Students who used the program in this California school district for the 2017–2018 school year experienced significant improvements in language and literacy proficiency as demonstrated by middle-of-year and end-of-year performance on the NWEA’s MAP assessment. Given these findings, we would expect similar results for other students who use the Imagine Language and Literacy program with fidelity.