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Building on Curriculum

More and more school systems, including the entire state of Louisiana, are committing to put high-quality curricula in every classroom. This is an essential step worth celebrating, and it doesn’t stop there. Great curriculum helps teachers focus their creativity and passion on shaping engaging lessons that challenge and inspire every student to reach great heights.

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Student learning is improving in Louisiana and Michigan

To make the most of new curricula, teachers need time and support to learn the new material, co-plan with others, and make adjustments for diverse learning needs. That’s where we come in.

Using a rigorous methodology, we measured the impact of our curriculum-based professional learning programs on student learning. This evaluation specifically measured the effect of programs in Louisiana and Michigan during the 2017-2018 school year on student standardized scores in math and ELA.

Takeaways

  1. Students at Leading Educators-supported schools learned more than the comparison group despite starting further behind, in at least 3 out of the 4 effects we calculated. If assigned to a Leading Educators-supported school in Louisiana, the average student in the comparison group would have gained 12 percentile points in math.
  2. We primarily serve students of color and students who are low income. While these students face structural barriers that show up in national and local achievement gaps, these results show that the gap is closing.
  3. When we use rigorous evaluation methods to compare our work with similar interventions, we find that our impact on student learning falls in the highest ranges.
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