Efficacy Research

Impact of Magnetic Reading Foundations on Overall Reading Scores in Grade 2


  • Subject: Literacy
  • ESSA Level: 2 - Moderate
  • Grades: K–2
  • Study Year: 2022–2023
  • Program: Magnetic Reading Foundations

Published October 2023

This study examined the impact of Magnetic Reading Foundations on Grade 2 students’ overall Reading scores in a non-intervention setting and under real-world conditions. Results show use of Magnetic Reading Foundations is associated with an increase in scores on the i-Ready Diagnostic for Reading compared to students who did not use Magnetic Reading Foundations even after controlling for the amount of time spent on i-Ready Personalized Instruction. This study meets the requirements for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Level 2 evidence.

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Meet the Author

Molly K. Duncan, Ph.D.


Curriculum Associates

Molly Duncan, Ph.D., is a research scientist at Curriculum Associates. She studies the efficacy of Curriculum Associates products and how they’re used in real classrooms. Previously, she worked in program evaluation at a large public school district and in university research labs focused on early reading and writing. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Georgia State University.