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Paper impact study in Mississippi district highlights ELA and math gains

At a time when school districts throughout the country are working hard to ensure their students have everything they need to accelerate academic success, recent outcomes in the Magnolia State stand out. 

Although reporting on K-12 test scores reveals that much of the country has experienced terrible academic declines lately, Mississippi has been an outlier for improvement, according to an assessment on learning recovery results. In Mississippi’s South Pike School District, data points to specific initiatives that are building on this momentum to help create impressive academic gains.

Paper users in South Pike School District show growth in ELA and math

Encompassing several schools, South Pike School District serves a student population that is 86.5% Black and 11.5% white. Less than 2% of students belong to other races, and about 70% of the district’s students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. The students, educators, and communities in this system have embraced deeply thoughtful methods to drive student achievement—and they have the rest of the country watching.

Over the 2022-2023 school year, South Pike School District committed to measuring the outcomes of students who took advantage of Paper’s Educational Support System. The research focused on looking at different product segments in different grades.

The results of a quasi-experimental study demonstrate a significant positive correlation between usage of Paper and academic outcomes, and the report’s findings are summarized in three categories:

  • Middle school ELA: Students in grades seven and eight who used Paper’s Review Center to improve their writing skills grew 31% more toward their annual ELA growth goals compared to students who didn’t use the service.
  • Elementary math: Students in grades three through six who used Paper’s Live Help tutoring service for math support grew 9% more toward their annual goal than students who didn’t launch tutoring sessions.
  • Usage frequency: Students who used Paper more frequently saw higher outcomes overall. 

Additionally, students in grades three through six who used Paper Missions to practice key math skills averaged 8% more growth toward their annual goals compared to students who didn’t use this self-paced tool.

These results are particularly encouraging given that students engaged in light or moderate usage, suggesting that even a few sessions with Paper can positively impact student learning.

South Pike School District and Paper share a common goal

The results from South Pike School District tell a compelling story about Paper’s impact. These data points illuminate how technology may play a pivotal role in today’s learning environments—reshaping education and student outcomes for the better.

“Our mission is to drive the educational progress of every student,” said Philip Cutler, CEO of Paper. “The data from South Pike School District are a testament to the transformative power Paper has on student learning.”

Check out the full report about Paper’s impact on South Pike School District today.

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