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COVID-19 Pilots: Students Using Reading Plus for Remote Learning Demonstrated 0.5 to 1 Grade Level Growth in Only 20-40 Lessons (8-16 hours of Use)

Instruction | Special Research Report

Study Profile

Study Sample: 4,928 students who completed two or more InSight reading assessments

Schools: 537

School Districts: 275

Study Inclusion Requirements:

  • Students identified as English language learners
  • Students in grade 2 through 12
  • Students with fall 2018 (pre) and spring 2019 (post) InSight assessment scores

Purpose of Study:

This report describes the reading progress achieved by Reading Plus students who were enrolled in grades 2 through 12. Its focus is on students who completed the Reading Plus InSight silent reading assessment on at least two occasions and completed between about 20 or 40 Reading Plus lessons (~8 or16 hours) during four- to twelve-week implementation periods after schools were closed due to COVID-19 (from March 15 to the end of June, 2020). 

Study Design:

This report describes the reading progress achieved by Reading Plus students who were enrolled in grades 2 through 12. Its focus is on students who completed the Reading Plus InSight silent reading assessment on at least two occasions and completed between about 20 or 40 Reading Plus lessons (~8 or16 hours) during four- to twelve-week implementation periods after schools were closed due to COVID-19 (from March 15 to the end of June, 2020).

Key Results:

Referring to the March-June, 2020 matched comparison samples were created for three additional 4-to-12-week time periods. These matched samples comprised of students who completed the same amount of Reading Plus instruction over a similar 4-to-12-week period (between August 2019 and February 2020; between March and June 2019; or between August 2018 and February 2019). Students in each of these matched groups achieved nearly identical reading proficiency gains.