Kentucky School District Experiences Historic Rise in Student Test Scores

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After Working for Years to Improve Student Performance, Kentucky’s Marion School District Signs Up with School Improvement Network and Raises Test Scores by an Average of 5%

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In the short time since they purchased PD 360, Marion County students have scored three percent higher on standardized reading examinations, and nine percent on math examinations.

Like most educators in America today, the employees of Marion County Public Schools, Kentucky, aren’t satisfied with settling for average. Recently, faced with the challenge of implementing the new Common Core Standards in their schools, administrators began reevaluating their approach to professional development, and found an answer in School Improvement Network.

“We needed a quicker, more concise roll out of foundation work for ALL certified employees in our district,” says Diane Evans, Professional Development Coordinator for the district. “Pulling teachers out of classrooms to attend professional development activities with the resulting employment of substitute teachers is disruptive to student learning and expensive.”

In order to avoid hassles and to get the most out of the limited funds available for professional development, Marion County Schools decided to join the School Improvement Network and purchase their professional development platform, PD 360. The results, as Ms. Evans emphasizes, have been phenomenal.

“Because PD 360’s professional development and Common Core videos for teachers are online and on-demand, our educators have had access to training at their convenience. We saved ourselves the expensive, logistic hassles that PD for educators usually entails: pulling teachers out of classrooms, employing substitutes, and disrupting student learning.“

But for all the money and time that PD 360 has saved schools in Marion County, the greatest benefit has been a dramatic upsurge in student achievement. In the short time since they purchased PD 360, Marion County students have scored three percent higher on standardized reading examinations, and nine percent on math examinations.    

And Marion County’s experience isn’t unique. Nearly 20% of public school teachers in America now use PD 360 as their primary professional development tool, and these teachers are seeing their students’ standardized test scores rise two to fifteen times higher than district averages. With award-winning professional development videos available to teachers twenty-four hours a day, School Improvement Network is helping educators all over North America discover ways to elevate student performance.

Anyone can join the School Improvement Network online community for free and receive a free 30-day trial of PD 360, the world’s largest online video and professional development distribution network for educators, just by logging on to and clicking on the free trial button.

About School Improvement Network
Founded in 1991 by teachers, the School Improvement Network provides comprehensive, research-based professional development anytime, anywhere. As the home of The Video Journal of Education, PD 360, Observation 360, the Learning 360 Framework, Equity 360, and Common Core 360, School Improvement Network resources focus on the most relevant topics, feature the top experts, and show educators how to put theory into practice. School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has visited over 3,000 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at

About PD 360 • Practical, Scalable, Measurable
PD 360 is the multi-award winning, leading online, on-demand professional learning resource for schools and districts. With 1,800 videos on 117 topics from 120 experts, PD 360 has the largest online community of educators, with over 700,000 subscribers. The innovative PD 360 videos are unique and class-leading because of the quality of production, and each is research-based with classroom examples of best practices. The videos are also relatively short in nature (approximately 6-12 minutes in length) allowing educators access to “snack-able” content that is easy and accessible to view and implement.

Teachers, administrators, professional learning communities, coaches, mentors, instructional leaders, and paraprofessionals have available at their fingertips hundreds of indexed and searchable video segments that present real, best-practice classroom examples and feature respected education experts, such as Michael Fullan, Rick DuFour, Doug Reeves, Rick Stiggins, and many others. Educators can instantly find the help they need on nearly every topic, including differentiation, assessment, English language learners, leadership, and more. PD 360 can also be used to create a structured learning experience for an individual teacher, a PLC, or even an entire school. PD 360 bridges the gap between training and classroom implementation with job-embedded follow-up, tracking, and reflection tools. PD 360 gives educators access to an online community of teaching professionals that allows interaction and collaboration either within a district or across the United States and the world. PD 360 includes over 1,500 research-based video learning segments and is the most comprehensive web-based library of professional development resources available. See a demonstration at

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Duane Sprague
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