Salem-Keizer Public Schools Lowers Dropout Rate to Record Low, Increases College and Career Readiness with Educator Effectiveness System

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See how the second largest district in Oregon dramatically reduced dropouts and increased college and career readiness in a School Improvement Network report.

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The Educator Effectiveness System is designed to support any school or system to effectively implement policies and practices that will systematically increase educator effectiveness, reduce dropout rates, and improve student achievement.

School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a new report showing how Salem-Keizer Public Schools dramatically reduced dropout rates and increased college and career readiness with the Educator Effectiveness System (EES). Through this holistic system, educators reduced dropout rates by more than half, and increased student achievement on advanced placement exams, the number of students participating in preparatory exams for college entrance tests, and the number of students enrolled in career and technical education programs.

"We congratulate Salem-Keizer Public Schools for their incredible dedication and strides to reduce dropout rates and make 100 percent of students college and career ready, and we support and applaud all schools and systems making similar efforts," said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. "The Educator Effectiveness System is designed to support any school or system to effectively implement policies and practices that will systematically increase educator effectiveness, reduce dropout rates, and improve student achievement towards college and career readiness. Like Salem-Keizer, thousands of schools across the US using this system have seen meaningful results in the effectiveness and readiness of thousands of teachers and hundreds of thousands of students."

Using EES, Salem-Keizer saw reduced dropout rates in their 67 schools from 7.2 percent in 2008 to 2.63 percent in 2012. During the same period, they also increased student participation in advanced placement exams by 35 percent, and increased achievement on those exams by 17 percent. The district of 41,000 students also increased the number of sophomores taking the PSAT/NMSQT from 184 in 2007 to 2,580 in 2012. They also reported 4,414 students enrolled in 227 career and technical education programs, with a 90 percent graduation rate among students who completed their program.

EES is an end-to-end professional learning solution with thousands of tools and resources that fills professional development needs, provides complete support for Common Core implementation challenges, delivers powerful observation and evaluation tools, and more. Independent research shows that districts that use the tools in EES experience reduced dropout rates, fewer student discipline issues, and an increase in student proficiency by an average of 19 percent in a single year.

Click here to see the full report on how Salem-Keizer Public Schools reduced dropout rates and increased college and career readiness.

Click here to see research on the impact of the tools within EES to reduce dropout rates and increase student achievement.

Click here for more information about EES.

About School Improvement Network

Founded in 1991 by teachers, School Improvement Network has spent decades researching and documenting the best practices and teaching strategies in education. From this research, School Improvement Network has developed the Educator Effectiveness System. This system delivers a process to improve teacher practice and teaching strategies, 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 scores by an average of 19 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 and teaching strategies in action. Learn more at http://www.schoolimprovement.com.

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