Sylvan’s commitment to research-based programs begins with consulting current research during the design and development of each program. The following reports review the research that was consulted for each program and include illustrative sample lessons from the Individualized Programs that use SylvanSync -- Language Arts, Mathematics and Advanced Study Skills and from the small group Ace it! programs -- Ace it! Reading and Ace it! Math.
In addition Sylvan carefully monitors the academic impact of these programs and reports the results periodically. The documents below share the results of the most current research on academic impact.
- Sylvan Individualized Tutoring and SylvanSync: Research Snapshot shares the findings of the most recent examination of the academic impact of Sylvan’s individualized reading and math programs, supported by SylvanSync technology. This report illustrates that SylvanSync-based Individualized Programs:
- have a positive impact on academic achievement,
- have a positive impact on students’ academic mindset, which has been shown to be closely related to long-term academic success and that
- the number of instructional sessions students experience can have a marked effect on their pace of academic growth and progress.
- The Impact of the Ace it! Component of the Texas Alliance of Boys & Girl’s Clubs Academic Innovation & Mentoring Program and the Follow-Up Evaluation of the Impact of Sylvan Learning's Ace it! Program Within the Texas Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs' Academic Innovation & Mentoring Program are two reports on the academic impact of the Ace it! Reading and Math program as they were used in a collaborative project among local Sylvan Learning Centers, Boys and Girls Clubs and schools in Texas. Both studies report on the positive academic growth of these at risk student as was measured with
- third-party internal assessments and
- state test results over time.
- The Student Outlook Survey: Attitudes Toward Learning Initial Results shares the research on the non-cognitive factors that impact student achievement and how this research led to the creation of the Student Outlook Survey.
- The Case for the Use of the STAR in Sylvan Centers in Canada shares the analysis of international tests as well as proprietary research on the STAR tests from Renaissance Learning in Canadian and U.S. centers.