"Effectiveness of Reading and Mathematics Software Products," a $10 million research study overseen by the U.S. Department of Education, suggests that using certain educational software programs to help teach reading and math did not lead to higher test scores after a year of implementation.
The study set out to examine the effectiveness of 15 classroom software programs in four categories: early reading (first grade); reading comprehension (fourth grade); pre-algebra (sixth grade); and algebra (ninth grade). Here's a closer look at the study's findings.

The first-grade study was based on five reading software products that were implemented in 11 districts and


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