Amira: Wawasee Community School Corporation (2020–21)

At a glance

  • Promising Evidence
  • Program: Amira Learning
  • Subjects: Early Learning, Assessment
  • Report Type: Efficacy Study, Study Conducted by Third Party
  • Grade Level: Elementary
  • Region: Midwest
  • District Urbanicity: Rural
  • District Size: Small
  • District Name: Wawasee Community School Corporation, IN
  • Participants: N=88
  • Outcome Measure: WCPM, Vocabulary Size, Lexile, Phonological Awareness, Sight Recognition
  • Implementation: Oral Reading Fluency, Dyslexia Screener, Amira Practice
  • Evaluation Period: 2020–21
  • Study Conducted By: Consortium for Policy Research in Education, Teachers College, Columbia University (CPRE-TC)

This report explores the implementation of Amira Learning in Wawasee Community School Corporation during the 2020–2021 academic school year. Although limitations in sample size, differences in implementation, and disruptions on education by the COVID-19 pandemic limit our findings, our models do suggest a relationship between usage of Amira Learning and literacy development. Accounting for student’s grade level, school, and baseline literacy score, we find high-usage students experienced greater gains as compared to very low-usage students. These results provide promising evidence that frequent usage of Amira may increase literacy development.