McREL conducts educational research for ed-tech developers, schools, districts, state departments of education, foundations, and government agencies around the world. Read some of our client stories and hear what they have to say about our work.
Science4Us turned to McREL to determine if its online program for early elementary science instruction improved student engagement, motivation, and achievement, and if the program’s professional development increased teachers’ confidence in teaching science. McREL’s study found that Science4Us helped students make statistically significant improvements on content knowledge, and motivated teachers to adjust their instructional practice.
McREL helped us narrow and focus our questions so we would get to what we most needed to know.
The publishers of a vocabulary-building program called VocabularySpellingCity thought they had a hit on their hands, but without data how could they be sure? They partnered with McREL on a small-scale but rigorously designed study that showed a clear advantage for students who used the program in addition to studying traditional word lists. Students loved using it because succeeding was fun, and their test scores followed suit.
McREL’s analysis boosted our confidence. The program works, the kids love using it, and it produces results fast.
Discovery Education worked with McREL’s experts to align its popular Spotlight on Strategies digital content to McREL’s research-based six-phase model for learning. This alignment helps educators quickly choose appropriate classroom tactics for helping students acquire and recall information.
By aligning McREL’s research on learning to our content, we’ve created an innovative tool educators can use to support the success of all their students.
Learning A–Z is an education technology company that contracted McREL to conduct an efficacy study of its Raz-Plus product, which is designed to strengthen student literacy through personalized online instruction. Smaller-scale studies of Raz-Plus have shown promising findings; we are currently conducting a large-scale study with a rigorous research design across multiple schools.
McREL was a responsive, knowledgeable partner that assisted us with research planning, study implementation, and reporting the results. The principal investigators sent us frequent progress updates and served as a wonderful resource for all our questions about evidence standards and conducting research in real-world settings.