New U.S. Department of Education Study Reveals that Passport Reading Journeys
Has a Positive Impact on Adolescent Student Achievement
DALLAS, April 25, 2013
DALLAS, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Cambium Learning® Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:
ABCD) announced today that a study by the U.S. Department of Education
revealed adolescent students using Passport Reading Journeys® scored
significantly higher on high-stakes assessments than students not using the
program as part of the Striving Reader grants awarded in 2009.
The U.S. Department of Education awarded eight grants to investigate
improvements of adolescent literacy across participating states in 2009.
Louisiana, Virginia, and Illinois each competed for and were awarded the grant
and chose to implement the supplemental reading intervention Passport Reading
Journeys, created by Voyager Learning, a provider of results-based education
solutions, products, and services that improve school and student performance.
"The Striving Readers program provided a much-needed investigation into the
efficacy of adolescent literacy programs," says George Logue, president of
Voyager Learning. "The program gave states an opportunity to investigate the
impact of supplemental reading programs on student achievement on a broad
scale. These findings were monumental to our nation's concerted effort to
eliminate illiteracy and we were honored to be a part of the effort."
The Striving Readers program was created in an effort to improve literacy
achievement for middle- and high-school students reading significantly below
grade level and to build a strong, scientific research base for identifying
strategies to improve adolescent literacy that can be replicated at-scale. In
each of the eight states awarded the grant, a randomized control trial was
conducted across multiple school districts. Each state used outcome measures
that included the state test as well as a nationally-normed reading
In all three states (Illinois, Louisiana, and Virginia), the results for
students using Passport Reading Journeys to increase reading achievement were
statistically significant after just one year of implementation.
As reported in the Louisiana Striving Readers: Final Evaluation Report by
SEDL, the external evaluator for Louisiana, students in the treatment group
received Passport Reading Journeys instruction and scored significantly higher
than their peers who were not in the program. Results of this study
demonstrated the positive impact of Passport Reading Journeys on all treatment
students, including important student populations. For example, results by
gender showed that Passport Reading Journeys had a positive effect on all
students receiving supplemental instruction, but was strongest for males who
scored significantly higher than the males who were not in the Passport
Reading Journeys program.
"We are excited to see this type of research taking place in education," says
Logue. "Not only are we encouraged by the findings, but we stand committed to
providing innovative, research-based education solutions and tools proven to
increase student achievement and outcomes."
Passport Reading Journeys is a captivating literacy intervention solution for
middle- and high-school students reading one or more years below grade level.
Through a blended approach of teacher-led instruction, student-centered
technology, embedded assessment, and implementation support, Passport Reading
Journeys improves critical literacy skills and builds fluent, proficient,
on-level adolescent readers. The research-based program is proven effective in
hundreds of districts across the country and supports state standards as well
as Common Core State Standards.
For more information on the study and to view the full report (Summary of 2009
Striving Readers Projects: Implementation and Evaluation of Targeted
Interventions for Struggling Readers after One Year),
For more information on Passport Reading Journey, visit
For more information about Voyager |Sopris Learning, visit
www.voyagerlearning.com or www.soprislearning.com.
About Voyager | Sopris Learning
Dedicated to the success of every student, Voyager |Sopris Learning is the
nation's most comprehensive provider of research-based education solutions and
online learning tools—including curriculum products, personalized professional
development, assessment, and school improvement and turnaround services. With
the ultimate goal of advancing student achievement, Voyager|Sopris Learning
partners with preK–12 schools to build teaching and leadership capacity, keep
students on track, and accelerate struggling students to grade-level
proficiency. We are proud to represent the life's work of world-renowned
researchers and education leaders and have a steadfast commitment to
translating research into practice, with a proven track record of helping
schools and districts boost student participation, improve test scores, and
increase graduation rates. Voyager|Sopris Learning is a business unit of
Cambium Learning® Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ABCD) based in Dallas, Texas. For more
information, please visit www.voyagerlearning.com or www.soprislearning.com.
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