Education Research and Insights

Quality rooted in evidence

Consistency of real evidence matters, especially when you are driven to ensure equitable high-quality experiences in all communities. BellXcel-powered programs are rigorously tested in diverse controlled settings, critically reviewed by experts, proven effective, and translated into practical, scalable solutions that are widely available. All this so that you can be confident that your programming is built upon solutions that reliably meet the evidence-based indicators required for quality outcomes.

Don’t Take Our Word for It. Take Theirs

Independent reviews have shown that BellXcel meets strict state and federal standards. By partnering with BellXcel, you expand access to high-quality learning in your community and satisfy rigorous funding requirements.

The Power of Partnerships: Exploring How a Partnership with BellXcel Influences Systems Changes

In 2021, BellXcel commissioned the Sperling Center for Research and Innovation (SCRI) to study the potential effects of… More

New RAND Study Shows BellXcel Boosts Teacher Practices Throughout the School Year - a Statistically Significant Finding!

Read the full case study! Summer can be a good time to boost teacher practices Opportunities for practicing… More

Bellwether Study: Summer as an Accelerator for Teacher Professional Growth

100% of teachers reported that their BX experience positively influenced their approach to the new school year. More

RAND Study: Investing in Successful Summer Programs

RAND Corporation's Investing in Successful Summer Programs, an independent review of summer programs nationwide confirms BellXcel meets the highest levels of evidence — 1 of only 43 summer programs in the U.S. with this distinction. More

Public School System Conducts Independent Study of BellXcel Summer Impact

Montgomery County Public Schools' (MCPS) Office of Shared Accountability conducted an independent evaluation of the impact of BellXcel Summer throughout the year using multiple regression analyses that included enrolled and non-enrolled students and controlled for students’ characteristics, including their initial abilities. More

Randomized Control Trial Studies Impact of BX Summer on Reading Achievement and Parental Involvement

Researchers from the Urban Institute completed a two-year, randomized control trial of BellXcel Summer to study its impact on children’s reading achievement and parental involvement. More

RAND Study: Getting to Work on Summer Learning

The RAND Corporation's six-year study of the National Summer Learning Project by the Wallace Foundation culminates in this final report about districts' implementation of their summer learning programs. DESCRIBE ALIGN TO BX MODEL More

We Take Research & Evidence to Heart

BellXcel's enduring commitment to continuous improvement relies on rigorous data collection, research, and evaluation. Our research affiliate, SCRI, works with an expert research advisory board and renown research partners to challenge and test our solutions regularly so you don't have to.

BellXcel's Impact on Summer and Afterschool


Case Study of a Summer Partnership: Boys & Girls Club of Providence


Families are Key to Building Back Better


Building Bridges During Challenging Times: The Impact of BellXcel Remote During COVID-19


Quality Can't Wait: Cultivating Continuous Improvement


Because Quality Matters

We know the markers that drive high-quality outcomes. In partnership with our affiliate, SCRI, we translate that knowledge into practical tools and resources for youth development leaders and schools.

Summer Learning Program Evaluation Guide

A comprehensive evaluation plan is critical to summer program quality and sustainability. This summer we are widely sharing a new tool to help programs understand their impact, identify strengths, and develop processes to improve. Access and freely share this evaluation guide developed in partnership with our affiliate, SCRI.

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Checklist: Preparing for Day 1 / Week 1 of Summer Learning

Prepare for your summer program through guided questions to help you prepare for Day 1 / Week 1 and avoid common missteps. More

Checklist: Preparing for Site Visits

Feel prepared and confident to welcome guests with an experience that creates enthusiasm about your impact and investment in the long-term success of your program. More

Remote Quality Reflection Tool

We know how important quality experiences are to a young person's ability to learn and grow. Access this free tool designed for youth organizations and schools to reflect on the quality of their remote programs. More

And Experience Creates Insight

True value of decades of practitioner 'know how' comes from the ability to translate that experience into knowledge that is scalable and shared across the sector. That is BellXcel's commitment. All of us are needed to achieve equitable opportunities for all.

Scholastic EDU Blog Post: Empowering Teachers to Transform Learning Recovery


A Conversation with BellXcel and Horizons National About Rising to the Challenge of Summer 2021


RAND: Teachers Lost Out on Professional Learning During the Pandemic. Here's How Summer Programs Could Help


Innovating to Meet the Moment: How BellXcel created a new solution in response to COVID-19


CASEL blog: To Support Educators in Promoting SEL, Leverage Summer More Effectively


Lauren Gilbert for How to Choose the Best Summer Program for your Child


AEA 365: Teachers Are Important Participants in Student-centered Interventions, Not Just Inputs