ST. LOUIS, MO, November 1, 2006 -- As little as one extra hour of computer-assisted instruction a week can raise students' math scores.

This was the conclusion of the study performed Dr. John Ash, Ph.D., titled "The Effects of Computer-Assisted Instruction on Middle School Mathematics Achievement," in which he examined whether students accessing one hour of additional instruction on a computer each week, specifically using Orchard Software, would increase academic achievement.

From August 2004 to October 2004, Dr. Ash compared two groups of Tennessee students from Christiana Middle School: one group of students receiving the extra computer instruction and one group of...

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