Students Using iPad iBooks Textbooks Score Nearly 10% Better on Test than Peers


A new educational app from global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), HMH Fuse™: Algebra 1, was studied by research firm Empirical Education Inc. and found to be a platform that successfully “encourages the use of personalized lesson plans by combining direct instruction, ongoing support, assessment and intervention in one easy-to-use suite of tools.”

When studying the test scores of students from four different school districts, that those who were taught using the HMH Fuse™ app were actually seen as having a “statistically significant impact equivalent to a nine-point percentile increase.”

when asked for a comment, Linda Zecher, President and CEO of HMH noted that:

“Education technology does not operate in a vacuum, and the research findings reinforce that with a supportive school culture and strategic implementation, technology can have a significant impact on student achievement… We’re encouraged by the results of the study and the potential of mobile learning to accelerate student achievement and deepen understanding in difficult to teach subjects like algebra.”

Even among the districts that didn’t report a direct impact on test scores, there was the feeling that the app had a positive impact on student attitudes toward math which meant that they achieved higher scores on the California Standards Test as a whole.

This study and others like it are adding up to learning success stories for the iPad and Apple’s continued endeavor to endear itself to the ever-evolving educational market. When you consider that the iPad is a well-rounded tool that can be used for communication, collaboration and research in addition to the tutorials and lessons that can be delivered via custom-made apps, it seems a very affordable school companion for students of all ages.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt boasts a suite of education products and services used by 57 million students throughout all 50 U.S. states and 120 countries.

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