Research and Evidence

Does S.M.A.R.T. Really Work?

When using nationally normed measures on students across the state and nation, the results have shown that students who participate in S.M.A.R.T. outperform those who do not participate in S.M.A.R.T.

IMG_8128.jpgTo see data collected from a study involving S.M.A.R.T. pre-kindergartners, please view the following:

  2011 S.M.A.R.T. Early Childhood Executive Summary

  2010 S.M.A.R.T. Early Childhood Final Report

To see data collected from studies involving S.M.A.R.T. kindergartners, second graders and third graders, please view the  following:

  2004 Wisconsin Report

  2003-2005 Federal Florida Report

  2003-2005 Federal Multi-State Report

  2004 South Dakota Brief Summary

  North Carolina Executive Overview

  North Carolina Full Report

In the past two decades...

  • 4700+ educators have been trained nationwide
  • 250 schools have been trained throughout Minnesota and nationwide 
  • 60,000 children have benefited from S.M.A.R.T.  
To see two decades worth of A Chance To Grow's data, view this summary. 

General Findings

S.M.A.R.T. Kindergarten

When measuring 412 Minnesota kindergartners from 18 classrooms on the Metropolitan Readiness Test 6, Level 2 (MRT), two of every three S.M.A.R.T. Kindergarten students scored above the national mean for reading readiness.

Scores from the Pre-Reading Composite revealed that:

  • Only 9% of students scored in the lowest quartile in reading readiness, versus the expected 25% ACTG_SMART_logo.jpg
  • 72% scored above the national mean, versus the expected 50% 
  • 91% scored in the average range or superior 
  • 31% scored at the superior level 

S.M.A.R.T. First Grade

When measuring 403 S.M.A.R.T. first graders from 21 classrooms using the word recognition Slosson Oral Reading Test –R3, S.M.A.R.T. students scored at the 2.5 reading grade level versus the expected grade level of 2.0 at the end of first grade.

In S.M.A.R.T. schools across the state, first graders showed a 42% faster oral reading rate on Curriculum Based Measures with 27 more words per minute. In math, they showed 90% faster calculation and 9% more accuracy.

S.M.A.R.T. Second Grade

When measuring 271 S.M.A.R.T. second graders from17 classrooms using the word recognition Slosson Oral Reading Test –R3, S.M.A.R.T. students scored at the 3.8 reading level versus the expected grade level of 3.0 at the end of second grade.

Johansen Individualized Auditory Stimulation (JIAS)

All student groups involved made some gains on reading assessments, but two schools in suburban Minneapolis that used JIAS made the most significant gains (an average of one year and seven months).


Of the 204 students in first through eleventh grade who participated in 30 twenty-minute neurotechnology sessions over a three-month period, the average student gained over eight months in reading skills as measured by the Slosson Oral Reading Test. On the Behavioral Dimensions Scale, 91% of the students improved pretest scores in areas such as inattentiveness, hyperactivity and oppositional defiance.