Amira Learning: Savannah-Chatham County Public School

At a glance

  • Promising Evidence
  • Program: Amira Learning
  • Subjects: Assessment, Early Learning, Literacy Curriculum
  • Report Type: Efficacy Study, Study Conducted by Third Party
  • Grade Level: Elementary
  • Region: Southeast
  • Population: Students with Disabilities, Students with Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Race/Ethnicity: Asian, Black, Hispanic, White, Multiracial
  • District Urbanicity: Urban
  • District Size: Large
  • District: Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS), GA
  • Participants: N=2,305
  • Outcome Measure: WCPM, ESRI, Vocabulary, PA, Lexile
  • Evaluation Period: 2020–21
  • Study Conducted by: Consortium for Policy Research in Education, Teachers College Columbia University
  • Publication Date: 2022

During the 2020–21 school year, Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools Systems (SCCPSS) partnered with Amira Learning, an online assessment and reading practice software focused on early literacy. This report examines the association between Amira Learning participation and student literacy learning across five separate outcomes. Although few students received the full recommended dosage of Amira Learning, increased usage was associated with stronger literacy development across all outcomes: students with increased participation levels gained more skills. Given that participation rates were below what was expected, these estimates may be interpreted as conservative. The associations were strongest during the fall-to-winter period and less prominent during the winter-to-spring period (except for Kindergarteners, for whom the pattern reversed).