Study of PBS LearningMedia’s Impact on Student Performance

We hope you’re as enthusiastic as these teachers and know what they do about PBS LearningMedia.  If you’ve yet to discover its full range, this summer could be the time to explore the media-on-demand service.  PBS LearningMedia surveyed thousands of educators to understand how they’re using digital media and technology, as well as what future classrooms will look like.  A recent study conducted by Education Development Center’s Center for Children and Technology investigated the potential impact on student performance when PBS LearningMedia resources were integrated into existing curriculum.  Teachers  in the study overwhelmingly reported that PBS LearningMedia made positive contributions to their classroom practices.  Focusing on four core subject areas — English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies — results of the study show that PBS LearningMedia digital content positively impacted student content knowledge and critical thinking practices when integrated into existing curriculum.  Key findings include:

  • Across subject areas, student performance on content assessments showed significant improvement, increasing by eight percentage points;
  • On average, students outperformed national assessment norms by 10 percentage points;
  •  Students also outperformed state assessment norms, by an average of 11 percentage points; and
  • More than half (56 percent) of students also showed an increase in the frequency with which they engaged in critical thinking practices.

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