SMART has a number of program outcomes that prove the model’s effectiveness in improving children’s reading skills, self-confidence and enthusiasm for reading.
SMART Student Milestones
SMART teachers are asked to participate in an annual voluntary survey reporting progress they have observed for each participating SMART student throughout the year.
- More than 85% of SMART students consistently showed improvement in measures of reading motivation and enjoyment, which are strongly correlated with reading performance.
- 91% of SMART students showed improved confidence in their reading skills.
- 86% of SMART students showed improved reading motivation.
- 91% of SMART students expressed greater pleasure in reading or being read to.
- Nearly two-thirds of SMART students met or exceeded age appropriate benchmarks in reading, compared to less than half of third-graders statewide.
- For 97% of students, SMART benefited their learning and growth this year.
- More than three-fourths of SMART students exceeded reading comprehension measures.
- More than 82% of SMART students showed improvement in social and emotional skills.
SMART surveys educators and parents at the end of each year to gain insights about their experiences, which helps us continually improve our program. The feedback is overwhelmingly positive, revealing significant benefits for children participating in SMART:
- 83% of educators indicated SMART contributed significantly to reading motivation and enjoyment for their students.
- Parents reported that their children improved in the following ways because of their participation in SMART:
- 94% of parents agreed that their children benefited significantly from the SMART program.
- 85% of parents said their children demonstrated improved reading skills as a result of participating in SMART.
Eugene Research Institute
An independent study by the Eugene Research Institute reveals that fifth graders who participated in SMART are 60 percent more likely to reach state reading benchmarks than are similar students who did not participate. The full study is available for download here.
SMART was found to have “potentially positive effects on alphabetics, fluency, and comprehension” while other very prominent, full-year reading curricula tended to have studies with randomized-control trials or with experimental designs that did not meet evidence standards.