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ABCmouse Accelerates Kindergarteners' Academic Growth | Research Brief

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Age of Learning sponsored a randomized, double-blind study to examine the impact of home use of ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy. The study showed that the use of ABCmouse at home can significantly accelerate the academic growth of kindergarten-aged children.

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ABCmouse Accelerates Kindergarteners' Academic Growth | Research Brief

  1. 1. 1 ABCmouse Use at Home Accelerates Kindergarteners’ Academic Growth— A Randomized Controlled Trial —Beth Rabin, Ph.D.†
  2. 2. Abstract Proprietary and Confidential. • Randomized, double-blind study examined the impact of home use of ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy • 13 week study included diverse sample of 281 kindergarten-aged children in So. California • Treatment: 128 children used ABCmouse for 45 minutes/week • Control: 153 children with no use of ABCmouse • Every four to five weeks, participants completed onsite standardized tests that are widely used in schools (DIBELS and CBM) 2
  3. 3. Participants Proprietary and Confidential. • No prior ABCmouse exposure • 54% girls, 46% boys • 48% white, 23% Latino/Hispanic, 15% Asian American, 15% African American • Participants’ assessment scores at the beginning of the study were not significantly different from the norms for those assessments established with a large and nationally representative sample of students 3
  4. 4. Design & Procedure Proprietary and Confidential. • Children randomly assigned to either Treatment or Control • Educators administered the DIBELS (Dynamic Indicator of Basic Early Literacy Skills) Next Assessment and the CBM (Curriculum Based Measurement Solutions) Lite Numbers and Operations individually to each child at four time points between October 2014 and January 2015 • Children given a different version of each DIBELS and CBM Benchmark and Progress Monitoring assessment at each time point 4
  5. 5. Skills Assessed Proprietary and Confidential. 5
  6. 6. ABCmouse Usage Proprietary and Confidential. • After the Time 1 assessment, Treatment families received a 20-min training session with instructions for their child to use ABCmouse for 45 min/week during the 13-week study • Treatment group children in the final sample used ABCmouse an average of 82 min/week, with over three- quarters averaging more than 60 min/week and half averaging more than 75 min/week • Control group families completed a weekly survey documenting their child’s online activities 6
  7. 7. Results: Finding 1 Proprietary and Confidential. • Finding 1: Children who used ABCmouse achieved significantly greater gains on key early literacy skills than children who did not use ABCmouse. • While all outcome measures showed statistically significant improvement over the 13-week study period (Time 1 to Time 4), children who used ABCmouse showed 25% higher growth on the DIBELS Literacy Composite than children in the Control group (d = .30; Figure 1). • Intent-to-treat analyses including the Treatment group children who did not meet the required ABCmouse usage threshold confirmed this result (p < .05, d = .29). 7
  8. 8. Results: Figure 1 Proprietary and Confidential. 8
  9. 9. Results: Finding 2 Proprietary and Confidential. • Finding 2: ABCmouse particularly helped lower- performing children improve their literacy and math skills. • The ABCmouse Treatment group children who scored below the sample median at Time 1 achieved 33% higher gains in literacy (d = .38; Figure 2) and 48% higher gains in math (d = .49; Figure 3) by Time 4 than their peers in the Control group who also scored below the median at Time 1. 9
  10. 10. Results: Figure 2 Proprietary and Confidential. 10
  11. 11. Results: Figure 3 Proprietary and Confidential. 11
  12. 12. Conclusion TM & © 2017 Age of Learning, Inc. All rights reserved. The names of other companies, products, and services are the property of their respective owners. This randomized controlled trial demonstrates that the use of ABCmouse at home can significantly accelerate the academic growth of kindergarten-aged children. • With a 13-week intervention, the Treatment group achieved 25% higher growth on a composite of important early literacy skills than the Control group. • Literacy and math gains were even greater for Treatment group children who underperformed at pre-test (33% and 48% higher, respectively). • Using ABCmouse at home can help these struggling students improve, providing parents a way to supplement other remedial classroom work. 12
  13. 13. Further Reading TM & © 2017 Age of Learning, Inc. All rights reserved. The names of other companies, products, and services are the property of their respective owners. • Download the complete research brief (PDF) here: http://www.ageoflearning.com/case_studies/ABCmouse_Use_at_Hom e_Accelerates_Kindergarteners_Academic_Growth.pdf • Visit the Age of Learning website for additional ABCmouse research: http://www.ageoflearning.com/research/ • Visit ABCmouse.com for product information and signup. 13

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