Research-based, Proven to Work

A scientific efficacy study, conducted by Cobblestone Evaluation, found that students in classrooms where Prentice Hall Literature was implemented with high fidelity significantly outperformed their peers using other language arts programs on the GMRT Vocabulary test and the MAT8 Writing test.

Participants came from eight ethnically and economically diverse schools, including sites in Arizona, California, Ohio, and Oregon. The sample included 29 teachers and 2,729 students in seventh, eighth, and tenth grades and varying levels of language arts ability.

 

Improved Student Performance

  • Students using comparison language arts programs experienced slightly less than one year of growth on the GMRT Vocabulary, while students using Prentice Hall Literature with high fidelity saw growth of more than one year. This difference is statistically significant in favor of Prentice Hall Literature.

  • Students using comparison language arts programs experienced a slight decrease on the MAT8 Writing assessment, while high fidelity Prentice Hall Literature students experienced a significant increase of 10.6 points on the MAT8 Writing assessment. This difference is also statistically significant in favor of Prentice Hall Literature.

Program Implementation and Achievement

  • Prentice Hall Literature student attitudes related to interest and enjoyment in reading significantly increased from pretest to posttest while comparison group student attitudes remained the same. Overall, students rated the Prentice Hall Literature program more favorably than students using comparison language arts programs.

  • Teachers and students reported the textbook aesthetics and design, variety of relevant reading selections, teacher instructional components, and the audio and online resources as their favorite components of Prentice Hall Literature.