What is the Effect on Student Learning?
Each year our teacher leaders focus their work on a Theory of Action targeted to specific teacher practice and student learning goals. This work is not meant to be a one-time initiative but rather the summation of a school's highest-leverage priorities and opportunities with regard to improving college and career readiness. We use the Guskey Framework for evaluating professional development to assess program effectiveness on five levels:
- Participant Reactions
- Participant Learning
- Organization Support and Change
- Participant Use of Knowledge and Skills
- Student Learning Outcomes
Results from 2016 demonstrate notable growth in student learning across regional Fellowship programs:
- In English language arts, teacher leaders closed one-third of the reading achievement gap as measured against the national benchmark.
- In math, teacher leaders close the the achievement gap by one-quarter as measured against the national benchmark.
Given these findings and new opportunities to focus more directly on Common Core-aligned instruction, we made significant programmatic shifts for the 2016-2017 school year. Preliminary evaluation data that reflects the effects of those shifts will be available in the coming months.
Record Student Gains from DCPS Leap
An early indicator of success is the record gains seen across all 115 DC Public Schools (DCPS) campuses this year after the first year of LEAP implementation. The new PARCC results indicate that DCPS increased by 6.4 percentage points in English language arts and 3.5 percentage points in math in 2017. Thirty-two percent of DCPS students met or exceeded expectations on the grades 3-8 and high school English language arts (ELA) assessments, while 27 percent met or exceeded expectations on the grades 3-8 and high school math assessments.
In 2016, Leading Educators directly served serves approximately 730 teacher leaders, who led 2,920 teachers, resulting in coverage for 72,950 students. Programming during the 2016-2017 school year served schools and districts in Kansas City, Memphis, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C.