Interactive curriculum systems (ICS) have shown that when well-used, they raise students' standardized test scores. But they have yet to show they consistently improve performance in areas beyond the scope of standardized tests, such as writing ability and real-world problem-solving.

One of the best studies of how well ICS does with basic skills comes from the United Kingdom's National Council for Educational Technology. It focused on whether interactive curriculum systems could improve pupils' numeracy and literacy skills‹the stuff of standardized tests.

The evaluation looked at eight British schools using...

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