School Improvement Network Sponsors New Peer-Reviewed, Published Research Showing Schools with on-Demand Professional Learning Outperform Respective Districts, Neighboring Schools
Research Shows 18.9 Percent Gains in Math Proficiency, 15.3 Percent Gains in Reading Proficiency
SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a newly published, independent research study showing schools that were highly engaged in on-demand professional learning experienced greater gains in student proficiency scores than neighboring schools or districts. The results indicate that educators’ use of on-demand professional learning can have a statistically significant impact on student achievement scores for all schools regardless of type or settings and give schools an advantage over neighboring schools or districts with comparable student populations.
“For the first time, the education community has access to research that shows how to solve an identifiable, measurable, overarching problem in education that is responsible for the other symptoms of education failure”
This study published in the International Journal of Evaluation and Research in Education (IAES Journal) is among the first research to demonstrate a link between professional learning and student achievement. The results are revolutionary for public education as they provide a framework for systematically helping educators improve in effectiveness and positively impact student achievement in a model that is scalable across all schools and systems and to all student populations.
“For the first time, the education community has access to research that shows how to solve an identifiable, measurable, overarching problem in education that is responsible for the other symptoms of education failure,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “It also demonstrates the solution—high-engagement with on-demand professional learning resources delivers dramatic improvement in student achievement in any school environment or type.”
The study measured student proficiency scores in 169 schools in 73 districts across 19 states and found the following:
- Schools whose educators were highly-engaged in on-demand professional learning experienced a 18.9 percent gain in the number of students who tested advanced or proficient in math
- Neighboring schools and districts without the professional learning experienced only a 4.2 percent increase in math
- Schools whose educators were highly-engaged in on-demand professional learning experienced a 15.3 percent gain in the number of students who tested advanced or proficient in reading
- Neighboring schools and districts without the professional learning experienced only a 2.5 percent increase in reading
School Improvement Network’s professional learning solutions include a library of videos documenting best practices in education from master teachers across the country, applications that allow educators to access relevant resources and research and upload their own content, and social media applications that enable them to participate in a learning community of 900,000 educators across the world.
This is the eighth study commissioned by School Improvement Network that positively correlates on-demand professional learning with increased student achievement and educator effectiveness, and quantifies how to systematically increase both.
About School Improvement Network
Founded in 1991 by teachers, School Improvement Network has spent decades researching and documenting the best practices in education. From this research, School Improvement Network has developed the Educator Effectiveness System. This system delivers a process to improve teacher practice and gives educators a set of powerful tools to drive the process. Research shows that districts and schools that use the tools in the Educator Effectiveness System produce better teachers and, as a result, experience dramatic increases in student achievement, driving up student proficiency by an average of 18 percent in a single year. School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has visited over 3,500 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at http://www.schoolimprovement.com.
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