Research & Results

Hill’s instruction methods and student and educator programs are research-based. Third-party evaluations have shown Hill’s School and HillRAP are making a positive difference for students, regardless of where they attend school. Hill believes that our impact, growth and sustainability rely on strengthening the evidence base of our school and programs and continuously advancing our own practice and expertise. With guidance from our Research Advisory Board, we are committed to building a research agenda and securing research partnerships that will help us reach this goal.

Students who attend Hill Learning Center and students who received HillRAP in public schools across North Carolina in school year 2017-18 made notable gains:

Research Reports

Developed and refined over 35 years, the Hill Methodology is a research-based instructional approach with proven success. Independent analysis of ten years of Hill School student achievement data found that students enrolled at Hill showed significant improvement in achievement scores, greater than what would normally be expected from their peers without a learning difference. Third party evaluations based on Hill Reading Achievement Program (HillRAP) in public schools have demonstrated positive impacts on students’ reading skills and show students receiving HillRAP improve at faster rates than “average” students.

The Brunswick County Public Schools Hill Reading Achievement Program (2008-2012)

UNCW, Watson School of Education
Executive Summary | Full Report

The Carteret County Schools Hill Reading Achievement Program (2008-2012)

UNCW, Watson School of Education
Executive Summary | Full Report

The Davie County Public Schools Hill Reading Achievement Program (2007-2011)

Duke University Center for Child & Family Policy
Full Report

The Oak Hill Reading Achievement Program (2005-2006)

RTI International
Full Report

The Davie County/Hill Early Literacy Project (HELP) (2004-2007)

RTI International
Full Report

The Durham Public Schools Hill Reading Achievement Program (2002-2007)

RTI International
Published Article | Full Report

The Hill Center Ten Year Student Achievement Study (1994-2004)

RTI International
Full Report

Current Research Partners

UNC CHARLOTTE CATO COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Utilizing a single case design study to evaluate the effect of HillRAP Digital on reading outcomes for 1st and 2nd grade students in Mooresville Graded School District

DUKE'S CENTER FOR CHILD & FAMILY POLICY

Conducting implementation and quasi-experimental outcomes analysis of student outcomes in East Durham schools

Research Collaboration Contact

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