A new report completed by the independent research firm Cometrika shows a link between usage of Discovery Education streaming and higher achievement scores—specifically, in grades 3-8 in math and reading. The report, based on data from the 2006-07 and 2007-08 school years, examined over 7,500 school buildings in Texas, Indiana and Florida.
State-level department of education achievement data and Discovery Education streaming data for building-level usage was used to correlate building-level, high-stakes test results for grades 3-8 in math and reading and the frequency of use of the streaming program within each building. A few key findings:
• 710 schools that used streaming were included in the Indiana data. Evidence from the study shows that more frequent use of streaming was associated with higher achievement scores, with a mean percent increase in achievement of 5.2 percent.
• 5,478 schools in Texas that used streaming were included in the study, and evidence shows a high association (consistent across topics and grades) between using streaming and higher achievement scores.
• 1,337 schools that used streaming were included in the Florida data. The differences in streaming use were linked with a mean percent increase in achievement of 7.4 percent.
For the full report, visit http://www.discoveryeducation.com/products/streaming/whyitworks.cfm