SEG Measurement was asked to conduct an evaluation of the effectiveness of GoNoodle in classrooms in Texas.
For the past three years, Cook Children's Healthcare System has sponsored GoNoodle for elementary schools in the greater Fort Worth area. Given the results of this and other evaluations, this sponsorship is continuing to expand.
"This is the most powerful evidence to date showing that classroom physical activity dramatically improves health and academic performance in students," said Larry Tubb, Senior Vice President for Cook Children's.
In this study, the standardized assessments of reading knowledge and skills of students who used GoNoodle (treatment) were compared to the reading knowledge and skills of students who did not use GoNoodle (control). The pre (prior year) and post (current year) state standardized assessments of reading skills were used as the independent measures of students' skills. Fourth and fifth grade classrooms that used GoNoodle at least twice per week throughout the 2015-2016 school year were included in the treatment group.
Students who play GoNoodle videos at school had 23 percent greater growth in reading knowledge and skills when compared to those that did not play GoNoodle.
We found that students using GoNoodle showed significantly greater growth in reading scores on the state assessment. The effect size for this difference was .14. Specifically, students using GoNoodle performed 23 percent better in reading than students who did not use GoNoodle. This study confirms and expands on prior studies that support the effectiveness of GoNoodle. Students perform better on standardized assessments and teachers report the product to be very effective in meeting their needs.
"Short bursts of in-classroom physical activity with GoNoodle yield big results for schools.
Across the country we are seeing that kids perform better academically, and they are growing up healthier," said Scott McQuigg, CEO & co-founder of GoNoodle. "These studies are strong evidence that getting students moving throughout the school day fuels kids' bodies and brains."