May 17, 2007

I CAN Learn(R) Algebra and Pre-Algebra Math Programs Earn Top Honors From U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse

The U.S. Department of Education's What Works Clearinghouse (WWC), the central and trusted source of scientific evidence of what works in education, just awarded its highest rating to the I CAN Learn® Algebra and Pre-Algebra programs for their "Positive Effects" in raising student test scores on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) - required high-stakes testing.

According to the department's latest report, the technology-based I CAN Learn® Education System has demonstrated "Positive Effects" in teaching math skills to a diverse range of students, including minority and those considered "at-risk." The report cites strong evidence of positive effects in raising students' scores on NCLB high-stakes criterion reference tests. The WWC recognized that the I CAN Learn® Algebra and Pre-Algebra programs equip students, especially at-risk and minority students, with the skills they need to meet district and state math standards.

This official recognition confirms recent studies showing how I CAN Learn® Algebra and Pre-Algebra math programs improved students' scores. Of note is a study of the LEAP high-stakes mathematics test in New Orleans. The positive effects of this study were demonstrated at scale for 2,400 students from 13 schools. The effects translated into a significant closing of the achievement gap for students taking the 8th Grade LEAP test after just one year of program use (See Chart(a)).

The WWC's recognition confirms what educators in 28 states around the country already know: the I CAN Learn® Algebra and Pre-Algebra math programs have achieved significant results at scale, and are powerful tools for educators seeking to close the achievement gap for at-risk and minority students.

About I CAN Learn® Education Systems

Created by JRL Enterprises, Inc., I CAN Learn® Education Systems is a complete software and hardware computer package for delivering standards based Algebra and Pre-Algebra courses to the K-12, College, Online, Adult Education and Professional Development markets. For more information, visit, or contact John Lee at [email protected]

(a) Chart prepared from data on the Louisiana Department of Education website and from the WWC-recognized study, Kirby 2004/2006.