Harvard Study Finds DreamBox Software Boosts Math Skills

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The Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University has released a report showing that intelligent adaptive learning technology can improve math achievement for students.

Researchers at Harvard found that the effects of DreamBox Learning’s Intelligent Adaptive Learning platform, an elementary math program that provides individualized instruction based on a student’s aptitude level, benefited young students’ performances in math by four percentile points. These gains were made after only fourteen hours of using DreamBox.

“DreamBox’s technology and curriculum are informed by decades of research about children’s natural development and growth in mathematical reasoning,” says Jessie Woolley-Wilson, President and CEO of DreamBox Learning. “These research findings suggest that students at the 50th percentile who use DreamBox consistently for about an hour each week could end the year performing near the 60th percentile on assessments that are widely used and well-respected in the industry. This new report from CEPR validates the effectiveness of DreamBox’s approach in supporting students whether they start below, at, or above grade level.”

The study examined the impact DreamBox usage had an individual test scores of nearly 3,000 students in grade 3-5 in two different school districts in California and Maryland. The results concluded that DreamBox usage considerably increased students’ achievement in math. Moreover, these districts were comprised of culturally and economically diverse students, which make the results of the study that much more definitive.

DreamBox Learning was founded in 2006 in Bellevue, Washington. The company’s learning platform has since won 40 top education and technology industry awards, and it is in use in all 50 states and throughout Canada.

DreamBox technology captures every decisions a student makes and adjusts the student’s learning path. Each of the learning routes provided to students represents a path tailored to a student’s unique needs. The program recommends that student engage with it for 60-90 minutes each week for the most effective results.

“We’re dedicated to the success of each unique student and are committed to continually studying the effectiveness of DreamBox in terms of measurable impact on individual learners,” said Dr. Tim Hudson, vice president of learning at DreamBox Learning. “The strength of these predictive correlations is reinforced by the fact that this study analyzed the individual pre- and post-test scores of thousands of students, regardless of how much of the DreamBox curriculum they had completed. Because we want to be strong partners who complement the work of schools and teachers, we’re proud to see these new, compelling results in the upper elementary grades.”

The Harvard study represents the power that new learning technologies can have in accelerating student achievement. Specifically, DreamBox allows students to gain a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts and lays a strong mathematical foundation that will serve them later in their academic careers. Instead of digitized textbooks, the learning technology enables students to engage with mathematics in dynamic ways to facilitate deeper learning.

The Harvard study on DreamBox Learning is available online.