Academic Impact of the Ace it! Component of TEXAS AIM is a preliminary report of the academic impact of a collaborative project among local Sylvan Learning Centers, Boys and Girls Clubs and schools in Texas.
Rockman et al (REA), a nationally known research and evaluation firm based in San Francisco, CA, and Bloomington, Indiana, has been engaged by Sylvan Learning to evaluate the academic impact of the Ace it! program, offered by Sylvan Learning Centers across Texas in cooperation with local Boys & Girls Clubs, as part of the Texas Academic Innovation and Mentoring (AIM) program. Since 2009, more than 10,000 students have received after-school or summer Ace it! tutoring in mathematics and reading through the combined efforts of project partners.
This report summarizes preliminary findings on the program’s impact on students’ academic growth. Based on data from Sylvan’s Ace it! data system, the report examines students’ performance on one of two subject-area tests, both from Pearson Publishing: the Group Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation (GRADE), or the Group Mathematics Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation (GMADE). The tests are administered twice, once prior to Ace it! instruction, and again, approximately 10 weeks later, when students complete the program.
The study is the initial phase of a larger research effort designed to assess the impact of the Ace it! program component of the Texas AIM program, not only on students’ performance on the Ace it! assessments but also on their performance on the state’s standardized tests. The findings summarized here will be the basis of a request REA will make to the Texas Education Agency for the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) and the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) scores of the hundreds of students who, from 2010–2014, received Ace it! instruction provided by Sylvan center staff in Boys & Girls Clubs around the state.