Schools whose teachers eagerly engage in job-embedded professional development do their students one of the greatest services possible. As they improve their professional practice, their kids reap the lion’s share of the benefits
Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) March 19, 2012
District Administration magazine, one of the leading publications in education, is featuring a study this month that demonstrates the way that job-embedded professional development not only improves teacher performance, but also causes student test scores to go through the roof.
The study, conducted by Steven H. Shaha, PhD, DBA, observes the impact of job-embedded professional development in 422 Title 1 schools across the United States, between the school years 2008/09 and 2009/10, and measures performance by standardized test scores.
Dr. Shaha’s research finds that schools whose teachers use PD 360, a job-embedded professional development platform developed by School Improvement Network, significantly outperform their respective districts in student performance in both reading and mathematics.
Shaha determined that schools using PD 360’s job-embedded professional development offerings raised student reading scores nearly 5% higher than their districts in a single year. Their students’ math scores, by the same token, exceeded district averages by a remarkable 13% in the same period of time.
“District Administration has done a wonderful job of highlighting a study that underlines a very important point,” says education author Curtis Linton. “Schools whose teachers eagerly engage in job-embedded professional development do their students one of the greatest services possible. As they improve their professional practice, their kids reap the lion’s share of the benefits.”
The job-embedded professional development that the teachers in Shaha’s research used to increase student achievement is available for free at http://www.schoolimprovement.com. Sign up for a free, 30-day trial of PD 360, and start seeing improvements in your students’ achievement.