Our research-based curriculum, proven to maximize student learning outcomes

Discover how eSpark uses research-based educational practices to help teachers close learning gaps.

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Getting Started with eSpark

From the moment a student first logs into eSpark, everything they interact with is based on rigorous, educational research. Both our design and our curriculum of engaging songs, games and instructional videos utilize current studies to accelerate student growth.

Research-Based Product Certified

eSpark was awarded the Research-Based Design Product Certification by Digital Promise, in recognition of the link between our curriculum design and established research on how students learn.

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Theory of Learning

eSpark’s unique research-based curriculum and innovative designs are continuously formulated from our Theory of Learning. This theory is grounded in seven research-based elements directly linked to student learning outcomes.

Differentiation

Students are first welcomed to eSpark with a placement quiz to find their individual learning level, or we use your district’s third-party NWEA MAP or STAR data. Research shows that differentiated instruction leads to greater student reading growth.

Adaptivity

eSpark’s adaptive learning tools consistently adjust within the student’s Zone of Proximal Development. One study found that students who receive adaptive testing paired with individualized instruction show significantly better performance.

Student Engagement

We listen to student feedback by asking for a thumbs up or down after every learning activity. Our team uses an 85% positive rating as a baseline when determining which activities should be included in eSpark’s curriculum for maximum educational engagement.

Direct Instruction

Directed instruction and framing videos are interspersed between practice activities to ensure every skill is taught explicitly and in a way that students will be able to transfer to independent learning and practicing.

Practice

eSpark’s curriculum involves monitoring comprehension, asking questions, summarization and graphic organizers. Each of these strategies are proven to lead to better retention and learning transfer, as well as overall improvements in comprehension.

Formative Assessments and Immediate Feedback

Alongside the immediate feedback provided during each lesson, eSpark students are permitted multiple attempts on formal formative assessments and challenges. Allowing students multiple attempts at mastering concepts is correlated to higher learning levels, one study found.

Student Explanation of Learning

When asked to verbally respond to a prompt, students are able to become the teacher. Repetition of the prompts given to students within eSpark allow them to maximize information retention and skill transfer.

eSpark’s unique research-based curriculum and innovative designs are continuously formulated from our Theory of Learning. This theory is grounded in seven research-based elements directly linked to student learning outcomes.

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How Effective is eSpark’s Adaptive Learning?

  • 2,693,791 math and reading standards mastered by students in the 20-21 school year
  • Students master an average of 3 standards a month on eSpark
  • Students who use eSpark grow 1.5 times faster than their peers on the NWEA MAP Growth Assessment