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This blog post is part of our What Works Clearinghouse review series. The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) is an initiative by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) which is the independent statistics, research, and evaluation arm of the United States Department of Education. WWC estimates the effectiveness of programs by evaluating the quality and quantity of evidence for that program.

This week’s blog post is about the evidence behind DaisyQuest’s impact on students. Here’s the short version:

DaisyQuest is a software bundle that offers computer-assisted instruction in phonological awareness, targeting children 3–7 years old (or preschool to grade 2).

The evidence for DaisyQuest covers students in pre-kindergarten through 1st grade.

The outcomes examined include: alphabetics. Here’s what the evidence suggests about DaisyQuest’s impact on each outcome:

  • Alphabetics: Positive impact (an average student would be expected to improve by 23 percentile points)

The studies looking into DaisyQuest had student samples that were in suburban areas in Utah.

You can find the full report from the What Works Clearinghouse here:

https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Docs/InterventionReports/WWC_Daisy_Quest_read_092806.pdf

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