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PBS: Learn More

The Impact of America's Largest Classroom on Learning

Understand the Impact

VIew Study PBS digital resources add significant value to student knowledge, engagement, and higher order thinking skills and help teachers work smarter and more effectively. PBS, its member stations, and partner organizations remain committed to producing high-quality educational content, informed by research, that inspires, engages, and entertains learners of all ages- wherever learning is happening. Our approach is to optimize learning for all age groups in ways that work in diverse settings. With support from federal agencies, partners, and members, PBS will continue to deliver rich, trusted, and effective digital media to help people learn more and be more.

Improved National Assessment Performance

In classrooms using PBS digital content, students outperformed national assessment norms by 10 percentage points. 

Improved State Assessment Performance

In classrooms using PBS digital content, students outperformed state assessment norms by 11 percentage points.

Critical Thinking Gains

More than half (56 percent) of students showed an increase in critical thinking skills after using PBS digital content for several weeks.

Overall Learning Impact

A literature review of studies evaluating the educational effectiveness of PBS content reveals that 90 percent or more of the studies with measurable outcomes show that PBS assets have statistically significant positive impacts. The research provides comprehensive evidence that PBS content makes a difference for all age groups and across commonly studied subjects and all delivery platforms.

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PBS digital resources add significant value to student knowledge, engagement, and higher-order thinking skills and help teachers work smarter and more effectively. Interesting in learning more? Download the full study.

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When I use PBS LearningMedia, I don't have to question the quality of the content. I know it's from a trusted source that's rooted in education.

- Emily Dawson, Middle School Science Teacher, East Peoria, Illinois