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What Works? "I Can Learn" Math, Says Clearinghouse

The federal What Works Clearinghouse, which offers reviews of education programs according to rigorous standards, has released three new reports. But only one of the programs reviewed, the I Can Learn focused on helping students with prealgebra and algebra, was found to have been studied enough to qualify for a rating—it was found to have positive effects on student achievement.

A new study that I wrote about this week also found that I Can Learn, which uses computer software and hardware, is effective, particularly in working with classes where students miss a lot of school.

Two other programs had not been studied sufficiently to merit a WWC rating. Those were Kumon Math, a supplemental math curriculum, and I Have a Dream, a dropout-prevention program. Links to the reviews of all three programs are provided, above.

The findings on I Can Learn could be of keen interest to educators, given the strong interest in preparing students for the challenges of algebra these days.

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