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AI Technology-Aided Instruction for Literacy: RCT Finds 20-40% Gain in K-12 Learning Outcomes in India

This April, Dr. Venkat Srinivasan and and Hemavathi Murthy published new research presenting 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 paper, "Improving Reading and Comprehension in K-12: Evidence From a Large-Scale AI Technology Intervention in India," was published in ScienceDirect and is open access. 

The authors present the findings of their research, which utilized a randomized control trial (RCT) in India 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. 

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A Sample Size of 1 Million Children in India

A total of 1 million children and 15,000 teachers across 5,000 government schools in the states of Maharashtra, West Bengal, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Gujarat, and Karnataka used the technology during the 2016-17 academic year. The study results indicated a 20–40% overall gain in learning outcomes in the treatment sample.

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About the Authors

Dr. Venkat Srinivasan is Founding Director of J-WEL pK-12 member EnglishHelper as well as the Managing Director of Innospark Ventures. Hemavathi Murthy serves as Vice President of EnglishHelper. EnglishHelper is a social enterprise committed to using technology to enable people from across the world to achieve their desired level of English proficiency.

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