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Pioneer Valley Books has partnered with researchers and educators to measure the impact of our programs in the classroom. 




McREL Study Finds Literacy Footprints Meets Criteria for Tier 1 (Strong Evidence) under ESSA [PDF]

McREL researchers conducted a matched pair cluster randomized control trial to investigate LFP’s possible effects on student achievement.


Study Shows Students Using Literacy Footprints Performed Better on End-of-Year i-Ready Diagnostic Reading Assessments [PDF]

A matched pair cluster randomized control trial was conducted during the 2021–2022 school year with 3,071 students enrolled in 29 public elementary schools in the School District of Manatee County, a large, suburban school district in Florida.


McREL Study Find Positive Impact on English Language Arts Achievement Found with Students Using the Digital Reader [PDF]

To examine the impact of the Digital Reader on student learning, McREL conducted a quasi-experimental analysis comparing outcomes for students who used the Digital Reader and those who did not across 31 elementary schools.





The following studies are in progress during the 2023-2024 school year. We look forward to publishing initial results in the spring of 2024. 

In Progress: In Tandem Outcomes Study

Pioneer Valley Books has teamed up with JEM & R Research and Evaluation, an independent research and evaluation firm, to conduct the In Tandem Outcomes Study. In Tandem is a research-based, small-group program that focuses on improving students’ reading, writing, phonemic awareness, and phonics skills. The 2023–2024 study is taking place at Claxton Elementary School, a rural PreK–5 school in Claxton, Georgia, and will include 21 classrooms ranging from Kindergarten to 2nd grade. The primary goal of the study is to determine preliminary impacts (pre-post gains) and program usage patterns on students' academic outcomes. Claxton Elementary had a prior year enrollment of 884 students (PreK–5) and has a diverse student population: 37% African American, 31% White, and 27% Hispanic. Notably, 97% of students also face economic disadvantages and approximately 20% are classified as English Language Learners. This study is designed to meet ESSA Evidence-Based Tier 3 (Promising). 

In Progress: Stepping Together/Phonics Launch Quasi-Experimental Study

Pioneer Valley Books and JEM & R Research and Evaluation have partnered with South-Western City Schools in Grove City, Ohio, for the Stepping Together/Phonics Launch Quasi-Experimental Study. This study is being conducted over the 2023–2024 school year and involves 35 K–2 classrooms currently using the Stepping Together and Phonics Launch programs. Stepping Together is a whole-class K–2 literacy curriculum that focuses on phonemic awareness, phonics, shared reading, and interactive writing instruction, and uses engaging fiction and nonfiction texts along with decodable short “Super Stories.” Phonics Launch is a 4-day K–2 literacy curriculum that provides short 10-minute “mini” lessons in phonemic awareness, phonics, reading, and writing. The South-Western City School District is the sixth largest public school district in the State of Ohio and covers 119-square-miles, including urban, suburban, and rural settings. During the 2022–2023 school year, South-Western City Schools had 3,683 students enrolled, which included White (52%), Hispanic (20%), and Black (17%) populations. Over half (54%) are economically disadvantaged, and 13% are classified as English Language Learners. This study is designed to meet ESSA Evidence-Based Tier 3 (Promising).