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Improving Reading and Comprehension in K-12: Evidence From a Large-Scale AI Technology Intervention in India

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  • Venkat Srinivasan
    Managing Director Innospark Ventures
  • Hemavathi Murthy
    Vice President EnglishHelper

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This paper presents evidence on the impact of technology-aided instruction on literacy using an AI-based multi-sensory technology platform across a large cross-section of government schools in India. The study focused on reading and comprehension in the English language. The intervention enhances the instructional effectiveness of the teachers and the learning ability of the children within the existing instructional environment without any new instructional design or pedagogy or content. 

A total of 1 million children and 15,000 teachers across 5000 government schools in the states of Maharashtra, West Bengal, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Gujarat and Karnataka used the technology for the 2016-17 academic year. Using a randomized control-treatment assessment, the study finds a 20–40% overall gain in learning outcomes in the treatment sample.
 

Topics: Artificial Intelligence Education Research Education at Scale

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