Internet-Based Reading Apprenticeship Improving Science Education (iRAISE): Evaluation Findings

Research & Evidence

Internet-Based Reading Apprenticeship Improving Science Education (iRAISE)

Evaluation Findings

Empirical Education Inc., the independent evaluator for the iRAISE i3 development grant, conducted a randomized control trial (RCT) during the 2014-2015 school year. Their conclusion is as follows:

After a one-year implementation with iRAISE, we do not find an overall effect of the program on student achievement [on a standardized assessment]. However, we do find that levels of incoming reading achievement moderate the impact of iRAISE on general reading literacy such that lower scoring students benefit more from the program.

Additionally, we found a positive effect on several classroom instructional practice outcomes. This finding supports the basic goal of iRAISE: to provide the same Professional Development value in a less expensive, and (for some) more accessible modality. Teachers self-reported that they did change their classroom practice as a result of the iRAISE program, and impacts of iRAISE were greater for students who were performing at lower levels of incoming achievement.

Reference this report: Jaciw, A. P., Schellinger, A., Lin, L., Zacamy, J., & Toby, M. (2016). Effectiveness of Internet-Based Reading Apprenticeship Improving Science Education (iRAISE): A Report of a Randomized Experiment in Michigan and Pennsylvania. (Empirical Education Rep.No. Empirical_ iRAISE-7027-FR1-Y2-O.3). Palo Alto, CA: Empirical Education Inc. Retrievable at http://empiricaleducation.com/pdfs/iRAISEfr.pdf