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The work of the Age of Learning Foundation is anchored by award-winning and evidence-based digital solutions from Age of Learning, Inc. The Foundation is making these digital learning solutions available at no cost to children and families in low- and lower-middle-income countries across Africa, Central America, South Asia, and the Middle East.

The Age of Learning Foundation is actively developing and implementing learning initiatives in partner countries. These programs will include research studies and evaluations at the appropiate time.

Age of Learning, Inc. has sponsored research by independent early education experts to evaluate the effectiveness of solutions that the Foundation uses in partner countries. Researchers have completed several large-scale efficacy studies with more than 95,000 children globally, including multiple randomized control trials. This growing body of research shows that these solutions can accelerate learning and help children make significant gains in early literacy and math skills. Examples of this research can be found below.

Highlighted Studies

Harlingen, Texas

My Math Academy® Empowers Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers to Provide Personalized, Equitable Instruction to Accelerate Learning

Conducted during a school year disrupted by the pandemic, this study demonstrates the effectiveness of My Math Academy as a teaching and learning solution. Nearly 80 early childhood educators engaged My Math Academy® in their classrooms to provide personalized, equitable learning opportunities to over 1,200 Pre-K and Kindergarten children in Harlingen, Texas.

Children who learned with My Math Academy for 30 minutes each week or 4.5 months, on average saw a two-to-three-fold increase in their math knowledge. They demonstrated gains beyond their grade level, and also experienced greater interest, enjoyment, and confidence in learning math.

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Guanacaste, Costa Rica

ABCmouse Significantly Increases Children’s Language and Digital Literacy Skills

This study examines the effectiveness of ABCmouse Learning Academy in helping children in Spanish-speaking Costa Rica to learn English and develop digital literacy skills. Age of Learning researchers worked with the Costa Rican Ministry of Education and a local education nonprofit, Creciendo Juntos, to conduct this study with 266 students (grade 1-3) and 13 English teachers across 15 public elementary schools in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

In comparison to students who received business-as-usual instruction, those who learned with ABCmouse Early Learning Academy for about 11 hours over 6 months made significantly greater gains in their English knowledge and experienced increases in their interest and enjoyment in learning English. Additionally, students and teachers alike developed greater comfort in using technology as a tool for teaching and learning.

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Average English Language Improvement

Grade 1 effect size (Cohen’s d) = 0.36, p < .05;
Grade 2 effect size (Cohen’s d) = 0.27 p =.12.
Lighter shades = pretest scores; darker shades = posttest scores.

Research Brief

My Reading Academy Drives Accelerated Achievement in Kindergarten and Prekindergarten Students’ Early Literacy Skills

This quasi-experimental study involving more than 1,000 prekindergarten and kindergarten students in two Texas districts and two Virginia districts builds on correlational evidence of My Reading Academy’s effectiveness. It showed that kindergartners using My Reading Academy significantly outperformed their comparison group peers on Alphabet Knowledge in district-administered end-of-year literacy assessments, with greater gains demonstrated by students who used the program more.

Prekindergartners who mastered at least 16 Alphabet Knowledge skills in My Reading Academy were significantly more likely to end the school year “On Track” than their comparison group peers. Teachers found that My Reading Academy had a positive impact on students’ literacy skills and advocated for the continued use of the personalized learning program in their classrooms.

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For access to additional research studies, please visit the Age of Learning Inc. website.