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The vision of Project Tomorrow is to ensure that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world.  We believe that by supporting the innovative uses of science, math and technology resources in our K-12 schools and communities, students will develop the critical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills needed to compete and thrive in the 21st century.

Impact of Vocabulary.com Usage on Student Achievement

Results of a landmark multi-year study conducted by Project Tomorrow

Vocabulary.comAbout this study

Project Tomorrow®, the internationally recognized education nonprofit organization, designed and implemented a large-scale, secondary data analysis study to examine potential correlations between the effective use of the Vocabulary.com product and student achievement and growth as measured by state standardized tests.  Broward County Public Schools in Florida was invited to participate in the study based upon their implementation of Vocabulary.com in their middle and high schools.  The study focused on the use and non-use of Vocabulary.com at 12 schools within the district.  In total, 14,200 individual student records from students that took their state standardized tests in both the 2015/16 and 2016/17 school years were examined.  Two study reports were prepared from this two year analysis:  a comprehensive evaluation of the efficacy of Vocabulary.com usage within targeted middle schools in Broward County and a special case study brief which specifically examined the correlational findings between the use of Vocabulary.com and student achievement at one of the study schools, Margate Middle School. 

Comprehensive report

Four middle schools within Broward County Public Schools were identified for inclusion in the data analysis based upon several factors including school demographics, current usage of Vocabulary.com within ELA instruction in grades 7 and 8 and the percentage of students who were scoring below the satisfactory level (Level 3) on the Florida Standard Assessments in English Language Arts. Click here for the Comprehensive report.

Case study brief

Margate Middle School is a (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) S.T.E.M. magnet school within Broward County Public Schools in southeast Florida. It serves as an ethnically diverse population of students, the majority qualifying for free or reduced lunch. They also have been lagging behind nearby schools in their English proficiency. In an attempt to better prepare its students for the 21st century, Margate Middle School has adopted the use of vocabulary.com as a technological tool for its students. Click here for the Case study brief.

Key Findings include:

  • Across both grade 7 and grade 8, students in classes where their teacher used Vocabulary.com with fidelity as indicated by heavy or high usage as defined by Project Tomorrow, achieved higher mean scaled scores in spring 2017 on the FSA ELA exams and greater growth from 2016 to 2017 than their peers in classes where their teachers did not use Vocubulary.com.
  • This pattern was consistent when the student data was disaggregated for African-American and Hispanic/Latinx students.
  • Additionally, student growth from spring 2016 to spring 2017 where the spring 2016 mean scaled scores were similar between Vocabulary.com using classes and non-using classes also indicate higher achievement for student with access to Vocabulary.com.

About Vocabulary.com
Vocabulary.com is a platform for systematic, lasting vocabulary improvement that goes beyond rote memorization to truly teach all the meanings and subtle nuances of words. Used in over 42,000 schools in the US, Vocabulary.com easily integrates with any curriculum and automatically adapts to each student’s individual ability. The heart of Vocabulary.com is an adaptive learning game that is backed by the world’s smartest dictionary. Each week, over 8 million students, teachers, and life-long learners across the globe use Vocabulary.com to master words, build a better vocabulary, and improve literacy. Click here to learn more.

About Project Tomorrow
Project Tomorrow’s mission is to support the effective implementation of research-based STEAM learning experiences for students in K-12 schools.  Project Tomorrow is particularly interested in the role of digital tools, content and resources in supporting students’ development of college and career ready skills.  For the past 15 years, the organization has focused efforts on national research projects and the design and implementation of evaluation, efficacy and feedback studies examining the impact of digital tools or technology-enabled learning models in the classroom.

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