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Normal fluency gains are approximately a 5-10 word count per minute (WCPM) gain in a six-week period of time. Students who are using the iPod's voice recording capabilities to practice and improve their reading fluency have experienced gains as much as six times what is considered normal.
Iowa Test of Basic Skills
In our first 1-to-1 iPod touch pilot classroom we administered the ITBS reading comprehension test to assess student achievement. We administered the same test to a control classroom with very similar demographics and technology tools (except the iPod touch). The students in the iPod touch classroom made nearly two years of reading comprehension growth in six months. In comparison, the control classroom made only a two-and-a-half month gain.
North West Education Association -- MAPS Test
Following the national trend, our district often sees a drop in student performance in grade 4 -- known as the "fourth grade slump." In the 2009-2010 school year, we piloted the use of iPod touch devices in a 1-to-1 environment in three of four fourth grade classrooms at Central Elementary. The fourth grade had the highest performance on the NWEA MAPS test, which is used to predict student performance on the California Standards Test.
NWEA - Individual Teacher Proficiencies
Individual teacher data from Central's fourth grade 1-to-1 pilot program. Interestingly, the three 1-to-1 iPod touch pilot classrooms had very different student demographics (GATE class, regular education class, English-learner class), but the proficiency scores were quite similar.