Scores Improve Significantly when Students Study Together with EnTeam Games

Students at Busch Middle School in St. Louis Public School District improved their test scores significantly on the 8th-grade science Missouri Assessment Program state exam (MAP test). These classes were taught using EnTeam educational games that encourage students to study together. 8th grade students in the district, St. Louis Public Schools, as a whole improved only marginally.

compare Busch with SLPS science scores (3)

During the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years an 8th grade science teacher at Busch Middle School in St. Louis City, Renee Ganley, used EnTeam games to frame science instruction for her students. She did not use the EnTeam activities during prior years; Ms. Ganley has been teaching for over ten years.

Dr. James Gilsinan, E. Desmond Lee Professor in Collaborative Regional Education, and Rebecca Wodzak at St. Louis University made an independent evaluation of the EnTeam program using data from two groups of students:

  • 157 students in 8th grade science were taught with traditional whole-class instruction and tested in 2011 and 2012 (not studying with EnTeam games).
  • 191 students in 8th grade science were taught using EnTeam games that encourage students to study collaboratively. (studying with EnTeam games).

While education is complex and many factors impact student performance, Dr. Gilsinan’s analysis of MAP test scores for Ms. Ganley’s students showed statistically significant increases in academic achievement when using EnTeam academic games as an instructional method.
In interviews, students report that students enjoy studying together because learning is more fun and they feel empowered when learning is in a game format. Teachers report that they enjoy teaching more when they use EnTeam games because students stay on-task longer and there is more time for students who need the most help.