Large Increase In Student Achievement With Merit Software, Study Says

A study conducted by researchers at Marshall University concludes that Merit’s reading and writing intervention increases student achievement for randomly assigned groups who used the software. The Merit intervention was found to have an unusually large effect on students — the magnitude of which has rarely been found in other educational research studies.

The study, which was conducted with 151 sixth and seventh graders at the Calhoun Middle School in Mount Zion, West Virginia, showed that students performed better on the state’s standardized test when Merit was used in conjunction with regular classroom instruction for 24 weeks. Year-end test scores for Reading/Language Arts averaged 30 points higher than test scores for students in the control group.

According to the researchers, 37% more Merit sixth graders and 19% more Merit seventh graders passed the state’s reading / language arts test when Merit was used as a supplement to in-class instruction. An effect size (Cohen d) of .94 was calculated for sixth graders’ test scores.

Using Merit, teachers are interrupted less frequently and have more class time to teach prepared lessons. In addition, the built-in tracking features help teachers discover just when they need to provide additional assistance to individual students.

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Since 1983, Merit Software has been producing educational software that addresses the core competencies that students require to succeed. The emphasis is on strengthening students’ ability to read and communicate their ideas.

Merit Software’s programs are known throughout the industry for providing context-sensitive tutorials for students and convenient record management features to aid teachers, tutors and parents.

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Large Increase In Student Achievement With Merit Software, Study Says

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