Early results from the Landmark Five-Year Study of Montessori Education in South Carolina (public schools) have been posted. You can read summaries of the findings on the Riley Institute's website. Here are a few highlights from the study's many findings:
- Montessori students scored higher in ELA and Social Studies and comparably in Math and Writing to demographically matched non-Montessori students.
- Montessori students showed higher rates of growth on standardized test scores for both ELA and Math.
- Montessori students scored better on tests of creativity, social skills, and work habits (results were mixed for executive functions).
- Montessori students scored better on behavioral measures (in terms of discipline) than non-Montessori students.
- Montessori teachers generally love their jobs.
The full study is set to be published this fall. This is great information to share with staff and families.