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Montana Adopts DreamBox Digital Learning Tools Statewide

The Montana Office of Public Instruction is adopting DreamBox digital learning tools statewide following Discovery Education's recent acquisition of the ed-tech company DreamBox, an announcement said.

Discovery Education will provide the digital learning programs DreamBox Math and DreamBox Reading Plus to students across Montana following Discovery's recent acquisition of the ed-tech company DreamBox.

According to a news release, the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) will make the DreamBox programs available to about 30,000 students in grades 3-8. The state will offer DreamBox to the 53 school districts participating in the second year of the state’s Montana Alternative Student Testing (MAST) pilot program, a state initiative to assess instructional strategies. The DreamBox programs are designed to create personalized instructional strategies for students based on how they learn and can provide activity recommendations for lessons, among other key functions.

“To accelerate student learning, it is more important than ever to partner with innovative evidence-based solutions, like Discovery Education’s DreamBox, that meet students where they are and accelerate student achievement throughout the school year,” Elsie Arntzen, Montana's state superintendent of public instruction, said in a statement. “By offering DreamBox’s math and reading solutions alongside our MAST program, we can better support our educators with solutions that are proven to impact student learning acceleration, while providing personalized, engaging and effective learning experiences that students love.”

The statewide adoption comes as K-12 schools across the U.S. continue efforts to digitize instruction with the use of AI-driven ed-tech tools and other platforms. It builds upon an existing partnership between Discovery and Montana, one of several states where schools have made use of the company's digital learning programs and resources.

OPI officials chose to adopt DreamBox's tools due to the "company’s proven impact on learning achievement," according to the statement, as well as research from Johns Hopkins University rating DreamBox's program as "strong" in instructional effectiveness in math and reading. The announcement added that recent analyses of students in South Carolina and Missouri found improvements in math and reading after using DreamBox.