Our mission is to substantially increase reading abilities of the elementary school students we serve. Each year we conduct research to determine our impact on reading scores, either in conjunction with the school districts or in collaboration with major university reading departments.


During the 2014-15 school year, two research studies were conducted on the TutorMate System. George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education studied the impact on teaching and learning in the Broward County Public Schools. Separately, two researchers at Epsilon Economics analyzed the results of test score data in a large-scale randomized trial in twelve major school districts across the country. Together this research demonstrates the positive impact of TutorMate both on reading test scores and on teacher practices and effectiveness.
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In 2012-13 the impact of the TutorMate System was evaluated in the Burnham Park Network of the Chicago Public Schools. In TutorMate schools where there was TRC data available for both 2011-2012 and 2012-13, the TutorMate schools had an 18 percentage point increase in the number of students proficient at end of year following the implementation of TutorMate.
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In the 2011-12 school year IFL served all of the first grade classrooms in Cluster 1 of the District of Columbia Public Schools. Benchmark reading scores in the Cluster increased by 13 percentage points over the reading scores in the year before TutorMate was introduced. For an Executive Summary of the evaluation report, click here. On the basis of the substantial increase in test scores, DCPS expanded our program to over 30 schools in the 2012-13 school year.

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During the 2010-11 school year, the University of Chicago’s Consortium on Chicago School Research evaluated the TutorMate System. They found that the TutorMate System had a positive impact on literacy instruction in the classrooms we serve. Click here to review their report.


Professor Bill Teale of the University of Illinois at Chicago studied the impact of TutorMate in the 200 Chicago Public Schools that Innovations for Learning deployed in the 2008-09 school year. Click here to download the full report.


In 2006-07 the Spencer Foundation funded a team of researchers at National Louis University led by Professor Camille Blachowicz to study the impact of the TutorMate System. Click here to download the findings as published in Reading Psychology.