Educational software may not be worth the investment, researchers say

Students who use most commercial educational software don't score much higher than their peers who do not, according to the second part of a controversial $14.4 million federal study of 10 such programs. Only users of LeapTrack -- a fourth-grade supplemental reading program -- reliably outscored their peers on a standardized reading test with what researchers said was about a 4 percentage-point boost. Critics called the study's methodology flawed.

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