Can CAI Improve Literacy and Mathematics Achievement in Young Low Socioeconomic Status Students?

ID: 51961 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Haya Shamir, Kathryn Feehan, Erik Yoder, and David Pocklington, Waterford Research Institute, United States

Friday, March 30 11:50 AM-12:10 PM Location: Wright View on map

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Abstract: This study explored the effectiveness of the Waterford Early Reading Program (ERP) and the Waterford Early Math and Science Program (EMS), comprehensive computer-adaptive programs, for teaching early reading concepts to kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students from low socioeconomic (SES) backgrounds Students attended three different districts in South Carolina and Indiana during the 2015-2016 school year; the experimental groups used the CAI program, and the control groups either had low usage of the CAI program or did not use the CAI program depending on the district Analyses revealed the low-SES students in the experimental group outperformed students in the control group on multiple reading assessments, indicating that the use of a CAI program such as ERP or EMS in addition to the traditional classroom setting could significantly improve reading and math skills of students from differing low socioeconomic backgrounds

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