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Report Summary

Effectiveness

PLATO® Achieve Now was found to have no discernible effects on math achievement.

Program Description

PLATO® Achieve Now is a software-based curriculum for the elementary and middle school grades. Instructional content is delivered via the PlayStation Portable (PSP®) system, allowing students to access learning materials in various settings. Software-based assessments are used to customize individual instruction, allowing students to learn at their own pace with content appropriate for their skill level. PLATO® Achieve Now is aligned with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics guidelines.

Research

One study of PLATO® Achieve Now meets What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards and no studies meet WWC evidence standards with reservations. The one study included 1,037 sixth-grade students in 13 schools in three districts across the United States.

Based on this one study, the WWC considers the extent of evidence for PLATO® Achieve Now to be small for math achievement.

This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by Mathematica Policy Research under contract ED-07-CO-0062.