DALLAS, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cambium Learning® Group, Inc . (Nasdaq: ABCD) announced today that a study by the U.S. Department of Education revealed adolescent students using Passport Reading Journeys® scored significantly higher on high-stakes assessments than students not using the program as part of the Striving Reader grants awarded in 2009.
The U.S. Department of Education awarded eight grants to investigate improvements of adolescent literacy across participating states in 2009. Louisiana, Virginia, and Illinois each competed for and were awarded the grant and chose to implement the supplemental reading intervention Passport Reading Journeys, created by Voyager Learning, a provider of results-based education solutions, products, and services that improve school and student performance.
"The Striving Readers program provided a much-needed investigation into the efficacy of adolescent literacy programs," says George Logue, president of Voyager Learning. "The program gave states an opportunity to investigate the impact of supplemental reading programs on student achievement on a broad scale. These findings were monumental to our nation's concerted effort to eliminate illiteracy and we were honored to be a part of the effort."The Striving Readers program was created in an effort to improve literacy achievement for middle- and high-school students reading significantly below grade level and to build a strong, scientific research base for identifying strategies to improve adolescent literacy that can be replicated at-scale. In each of the eight states awarded the grant, a randomized control trial was conducted across multiple school districts. Each state used outcome measures that included the state test as well as a nationally-normed reading assessment. In all three states ( Illinois, Louisiana, and Virginia), the results for students using Passport Reading Journeys to increase reading achievement were statistically significant after just one year of implementation. As reported in the Louisiana Striving Readers: Final Evaluation Report by SEDL , the external evaluator for Louisiana , students in the treatment group received Passport Reading Journeys instruction and scored significantly higher than their peers who were not in the program. Results of this study demonstrated the positive impact of Passport Reading Journeys on all treatment students, including important student populations. For example, results by gender showed that Passport Reading Journeys had a positive effect on all students receiving supplemental instruction, but was strongest for males who scored significantly higher than the males who were not in the Passport Reading Journeys program. "We are excited to see this type of research taking place in education," says Logue. "Not only are we encouraged by the findings, but we stand committed to providing innovative, research-based education solutions and tools proven to increase student achievement and outcomes."