The QuickSmart program was recently featured as a case study of regional impact by the Regional Universities Network. QuickSmart research began in 2001 in two New England schools and the program continues to be strong, successful and well supported in the region.
QuickSmart has demonstrated that it effectively addresses one of the most pressing issues in education, particularly in rural and regional settings: how to close the gap between low-achieving and average-achieving students in the areas of numeracy and literacy. Schools located in regional, rural, remote, very remote and metropolitan locations have recorded student cognitive growth of up to three years in the 30-week program based on effect-size statistics. Many schools, particularly in the Northern Territory, New England and Western Sydney, have successfully implemented QuickSmart programs over a number of consecutive years, with diverse student populations, including substantial numbers of Indigenous students. Further information about the Regional Universities Network’s impact study is available at http://www.run.edu.au/news.php