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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 I CAN Learn® 's impact on students. Here’s the short version:

I CAN Learn® is a computer-based math curriculum for students in middle school, high school, and college. It provides math instruction through a series of interactive lessons that students work on individually at their own computers. Students move at their own pace and must demonstrate mastery of each concept before progressing to the next one.

The evidence for I CAN Learn® covers students in 8th grade.

The outcomes examined include: General mathematics achievement. Here’s what the evidence suggests about I CAN Learn® ’s impact on each outcome:

  • General mathematics achievement: Positive impact (an average student would be expected to improve by 2 percentile points)

The studies looking into  I CAN Learn® had student samples who were White, Black, and Hispanic, were male and female, and received free & reduced price lunch.

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


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