Research study highlights impact of BookNook tutoring in public schools in Prince George’s County

Despite the challenges facing PGCPS – and many other districts across the country – the program was implemented on a voluntary basis for families who requested additional district support for their children. This construct allowed the researchers to compare the differences between students who enrolled in BookNook’s program and those who did not.

CPRE found that “Third through fifth grade students with relatively higher levels of BookNook use experienced stronger literacy development, compared to non-BookNook students and low-use participants.” from BookNook”. Specifically, students who use the BookNook program extensively gained 13.3 points on the teacher-administered i-Ready RIT Literacy Scale solutions over an eight-week period, compared to 5.8 points gains. , on average, for students not enrolled in the program. The use of independent measures is important because it validates the impact of online tutoring during what CPRE called “one of the most disruptive times in the history of US education.”

Founder and CEO of BookNook michelle lombardo expressed enthusiasm for the results achieved in PGCPS, saying “we see incredible results every day among the schools and students we work with, so it’s encouraging to have a research partner like CPRE to validate that the ours is an effective model for large-scale online tutoring services in schools.

According to the US Department of Education’s ESSA standards for evidence, the BookNook Reading Program can now be classified as Level III.

About BookNook
Founded in 2016, BookNook is a synchronous, evidence-based online learning platform that strives to provide equitable access to rigorous and engaging education through technological innovation. A complete turnkey solution that provides much-needed online support and tutoring to students, BookNook has quickly grown to partner with hundreds of schools, school districts, and nonprofits in 35 states. , receiving national recognition for its impact on student reading ability and single share-based pricing model. For more information, visit

About the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE)
The Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) brings together education experts from renowned research institutions, including Teachers College, Columbia University; the University of Pennsylvania; Harvard University; Stanford University; the University of Michigan; the The University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Northwestern University. CPRE was launched in 1985 as the first federally funded national R&D center for national and local education policy. Since then, CPRE has studied the design, implementation and effects of hundreds of policies and programs. CPRE researchers and staff at Teachers College (CPRE-TC) continue this long tradition of conducting rigorous research and evaluations that aim to improve primary and secondary education through increased efficiency, equity, and access to of education. To learn more about CPRE-TC, visit our website at

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