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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

Institute of Education Sciences; U.S. Department of Education
DaisyQuest (Beginning Reading)

IES What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes*
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication No
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible Yes

Description: This is a review of studies investigating the effects of a computer-assisted instruction program, DaisyQuest, on the alphabetics, reading fluency, comprehension and general reading achievement of beginning readers. The effectiveness of the intervention is regarded as Meets Evidence Standards, Meets Evidence Standards with Reservation or Does Not Meet Evidence Standard based on the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) classification system. Well-designed randomized controlled trials are considered strong evidence (Meets Evidence Standards), quasi-experimental studies are considered weaker evidence (Meets Evidence Standards with Reservations) and single-case design studies are considered insufficient evidence or under development (Does Not Meet Evidence Standards).

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Students aged 5 to 7 years old

Intervention/Assessment: DaisyQuest (a software program offering computer-assisted instruction in the alphabetics domain, specifically phonological awareness and phonics measures)

Number of Studies Included: 4

Years Included: Not stated



  • Treatment
    • Language
      • Reading
        • Computer-Assisted Instruction
          • Five studies examined the effects of the DaisyQuest on alphabetics; four of which were considered as "Meets Evidence Standards" and one as "Does Not Meet Evidence Standards".
          • "[W]hen the WWC looked at results from DaisyQuest in aggregate, the intervention was found to have positive effects on alphabetics" (p. 5).

Keywords: Literacy

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*See the WWC Evidence Review Protocol for inclusion criteria.

Added to Compendium: December 2011

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