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My Math Academy Meets Evidence Standards under ESSA

Age of Learning, Inc., leading education technology innovator and creator of the widely popular ABCmouse online learning program, announced that My Math Academy, the company’s personalized, adaptive math program that helps young learners master essential math concepts and skills, meets the highest level of evidence standards under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Multiple randomized control trials have shown that students using My Math Academy for as little as 45 minutes a week over a 12-week period experience significant learning gains, as well as increased engagement, interest, and confidence in learning math.

ESSA Level 1 - Strong Award
Age of Learning’s My Math Academy meets the highest level of evidence standards under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) based on validated third-party research services provided by LearnPlatform. (Graphic: Business Wire)

In a district-wide study in Texas’s Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District (HCISD), a Title 1 district, My Math Academy students were far more likely to be on track for essential math skills at the end of the school year. Additionally, results from HCISD’s NWEA fall 2021 math assessment show that the majority of kindergarteners who used My Math Academy as Pre-K students during the 2020-2021 school year are performing above the national average.

“Age of Learning performed a rigorous, six-year research and development process to ensure My Math Academy would effectively help students build essential math skills and strengthen their confidence as learners,” said Paul Candland, CEO, Age of Learning. “ESSA standards are intended to help schools identify solutions that demonstrate a positive impact on a child’s development, and this finding tells school and district leaders that My Math Academy truly does accelerate learning outcomes.”

My Math Academy incorporates Age of Learning’s Personalized Mastery Learning Ecosystem (PMLE). The PMLE blends learning science, forward-thinking technology, and effective engagement in a framework that supports a focused collaboration of students, teachers, administrators, and families to create powerful and effective learning experiences that keeps students on track for success.

ESSA requires that federal education funding and stimulus dollars be used for “evidence-based interventions” and provides guidelines for four tiers of evidence quality. “Strong Evidence,” the highest tier, is defined as being supported by one or more well-designed and well-implemented randomized control experimental studies. To determine My Math Academy’s evidence rating, LearnPlatform, a third-party for-benefit research organization, developed an ESSA Validation Rubric with factors derived from ESSA and What Works Clearinghouse standards, including sample, methodology, baseline equivalence, implementation, findings, and others. ESSA’s Tier 1 determination was based on the review of Accelerating Early Math Learning with Research-Based Personalized Learning Games: A Cluster Randomized Control Trial by Thai, Bing, and Li.

Source: Businesswire