CHICAGO – Espresso Elementary, the online, multimedia teaching and learning site for Pre-K through Grade 5, today announced the preliminary results of an efficacy study into the impact of Espresso on student achievement.

In the fall of 2010, Espresso commissioned MIDA Learning Technologies to conduct a study to determine the efficacy of Espresso’s web-based multimedia teaching and learning resources. Ten second-grade classes were selected from three regional school districts in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Over a ten week period, Espresso was integrated into normal mathematics instruction in five of the schools, while the remaining five schools acted as the control group, and maintained the traditional mathematics instruction. Post-test results show that there was a significant difference in student performance between the two groups at the end of this period.

All participants in the research study observed that Espresso increased student engagement and focus on the topics being taught in the classroom. Students were very excited when their time came to work on Espresso and it provided a meaningful learning context resulting in higher student achievement. This finding is consistent with cognitive science theory that promotes multi-sensory approaches to teaching in the early grades.

These preliminary results further strengthen the results of a separate study that has recently been completed in the UK. This study, undertaken by Lancaster University, found that Espresso encourages a child’s deeper and wider learning and, when firmly embedded in lessons over time, leads to greater achievement.

Both these research studies underpin the significant role that technology plays in elementary schools today, an important consideration for schools, districts and government as educational policy evolves and budget challenges continue.

Lewis Bronze, CEO for Espresso Education commented, “At Espresso, it has always been our mission to create resources that are fun but firmly grounded in the curriculum – designed towards very specific learning objectives. So, we are thrilled that the initial results of this study demonstrate that children really respond to Espresso and that it has significantly improved their understanding of mathematical concepts.”

The full executive summary of the study can be accessed on Espresso’s website: www.espressoeducation.com

The results of the UK study can be access on the Espresso UK website:
www.espresso.co.uk/research

About Espresso Elementary
Espresso Elementary for Pre-K to 5 is a cross-curricular, multimedia learning site with a wide range of interactive, video-rich classroom resources that inspire children to learn. The award-winning resources on Espresso Elementary have been built up since 1997, and have proven to engage students while helping them to achieve educational outcomes. Each week, fresh curriculum material and News Roundup current event stories are added, with links to learning outcomes, alignments to Common Core and State standards, and links across other relevant subject areas.

Espresso Elementary was launched in the U.S. in April 2010 and is a product of Espresso Education, the U.K. market leader in the provision of video-based digital curriculum services to primary and secondary schools.

About MIDA Learning Technologies
MIDA Learning Technologies, LLC specializes in creating professional learning experiences focused on educational products. Professional development is designed in online, hybrid, and face-to-face formats to reach a broad audience. The experiences link the latest research and promising practices with practical applications for schools and school systems to maximize potential implementation of educational products. MIDA employs a team of content specialists who develop content and review participant submissions for quality assurance. The company also conducts a wide range of research projects linked to educational product integration.

For more information, contact:
Hazel Carter, Marketing Manager, 847-850-0188 x218, hazel_carter@espressoeducation.com

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