Amplify’s ELA bundle and its STEM bundle will each be available at an introductory price of $5 per student per bundle for the remainder of the 2014-15 school year. Schools and districts can alternatively buy both the ELA and STEM bundles together for $7 per student per bundle for the summer semester.

Increased outside-the-classroom learning is important for all students, but critical for those from low-income families. Decades of research has shown that learning loss during the summertime and other vacation periods significantly impacts the growing gap in test scores between children from families of high and low socioeconomic status.

In addition to extending learning time, educational games hold the potential to build “growth mindsets” — a set of beliefs and attitudes that are a key predictor of positive academic performance. The games seek to help students better understand the relationship between effort and success, to persist in the face of difficulty and to embrace (rather than fear) failure as a part of the learning process.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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