Study: students see 36-65% greater gains with Imagine Learning

SEG Study Executive Summary

SEG Measurement, an independent research firm, announced the completion of the first phase of a study of nearly 1,000 English language learners in grades two–five in a large California school district. Study results demonstrate that students in programs using Imagine Learning’s curriculum show greater improvement in reading than students not exposed to Imagine Learning software.

The study compared growth in reading skills of students who used Imagine Learning to comparable students who did not use Imagine Learning. Students used the Imagine Learning software for approximately six months between December 2012 and June 2013. Students in second grade using Imagine Learning showed 36% greater gains in reading than students who did not use the program. Imagine Learning students in grades three–five showed 65% greater gains in reading than non-users.

“Students using Imagine Learning showed statistically significant gains in reading skills and outperformed students who did not use Imagine Learning,” said Scott Elliot, president of SEG Measurement. “These findings are particularly important, given that students only used Imagine learning for half of the school year. More extended use of Imagine Learning may yield even greater gains for the students.”

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5 ways to fit Common Core into your curriculum

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Adjusting your curriculum to address Common Core standards is not easy. According to a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania, the Common Core standards are substantially different from previous state standards, not only in curriculum but in the cognitive skills they demand. Common Core focuses on higher order skills, like “understanding and analyzing written material,” rather than “memorization and performing procedures.” To help with these higher order skills, take a look at five ways Imagine Learning can bring the Common Core into your classroom curriculum.

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6 free professional development webinars

Have you ever received an email about a great webinar but didn’t have the time to attend? In the midst of busy work schedules, it’s often hard to find time for professional development — even when you know you’ll gain useful insights from top-notch experts.

That’s what makes our on-demand access to free Ahead of the Class webinars such a lifesaver: the presentations are available for you to view whenever it’s most convenient! So take a first look or revisit six of our favorite webinars from the Ahead of the Class series: Read more »

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It pays to praise: The benefits of classroom compliments

Educators have long been trying to identify the best ways to praise students and influence behavior. And new research is helping teachers understand which types of praise are most meaningful to students and, more importantly, most likely to increase motivation. So what’s going to get real results? Find out which praiseworthy trend in the classroom is steering students toward excellence. Read more »

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Handwriting in a digital world: The pros and convicts

Who needs handwriting in a world of word processors, texting, and Twitter?

You do.

It’s not a popular stance, I know. In an age where high school students are assigned to summarize passages from Shakespeare in a 140-character SMS, no one wants to put pen to paper anymore. It’s not as sleek, not as fun, and–let’s face it–not as efficient. But before you throw out your handwriting curriculum with that dried up bottle of white out, consider these handwriting highlights and mishaps.

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