DreamBox Learning. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
"DreamBox Learning" is a supplemental online mathematics program that provides adaptive instruction for students in grades K-5 and focuses on number and operations, place value, and number sense. The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) identified one study of "DreamBox Learning" that both falls within the scope of the Elementary School Mathematics topic area and meets WWC evidence standards. This study meets standards without reservations and included 557 elementary school students in kindergarten and first grade in three charter schools in San Jose, California. The WWC considers the extent of evidence for "DreamBox Learning" on the math performance of elementary school students to be small for the mathematics achievement domain, the only domain specified in the review protocol. "DreamBox Learning" was found to have potentially positive effects on mathematics achievement for elementary school students. [On February 5, 2014, the WWC modified this report in response to new information provided by the study authors. Following the release of the intervention report on December 10, 2013 (ED544506), the WWC received a request from the study authors for another opportunity to respond to an author query to which the authors had previously not responded. The authors then provided information that the WWC had previously requested–specifically, regression-adjusted impact estimates using the full sample. The authors' original report included regression-adjusted impact estimates only for a sample that excluded students whose outcomes were classified as outliers by the study authors. Based on the new information provided, the review team updated the characterization of the study finding and the intervention rating in this report. The characterization of the study finding changed from "indeterminate effect" to "statistically significant positive effect." The intervention effectiveness rating changed from "no discernible effects" to "potentially positive effects." The WWC has not added studies to the body of evidence or updated the literature search since the December 2013 release of this report. The following study is reviewed in this intervention report: Wang, H., & Woodworth, K. (2011). "Evaluation of Rocketship Education's Use of DreamBox Learning's Online Mathematics Program." Menlo Park, CA: SRI International. Retrieved from http://www.dreambox.com.]
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