ESSA Tier 2 Research

Impacts of the Use of Study Island Practice in an Arizona School District

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WEBD 40 ESSA Research Report Impacts of the Use of Study Island Practice

ESSA Level of Research

Moderate Evidence (Quasi-Experimental)


Students in 4th, 5th, and 7th grade who used Study Island scored higher on the state math test and were more likely to perform at the proficient or highly proficient level than comparable peers who did not use Study Island.

This student-level study provides detailed analyses of student usage of and performance in Study Island in an Arizona school district compared to those students’ performance on the state-level assessment. The study goes even further by matching students based on their previous state-level assessment scores, reflecting the requirements for ESSA Moderate evidence.


Through a series of descriptive and statistical analyses, the findings in this study suggest there are discernable and statistically significant positive impacts on AzMERIT scores for students participating in Study Island Practice.