Learning Sciences International Releases Data on Partnership With Palm Beach County Elementary School

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Working with Learning Sciences International, a Boca Raton elementary school improves its VAM and Percentage of Year’s Growth scores

Spotlight on Calusa Elementary School

Spotlight on Calusa Elementary School

We’ve gone from doing worksheets to having students doing deep thinking, and it’s making them feel so successful now.

Results are out for a Boca Raton, Florida elementary school that is in its third year of a Demonstration Schools for Rigor initiative in partnership with Learning Sciences International. With intensive professional development, coaching, and training on research-based instructional strategies, the school is now showing increased combined VAM scores and overall academic growth.

“We’ve gone from doing worksheets to having students doing deep thinking, and it’s making them feel so successful now,” says Jamie Wyatt, Calusa Elementary School principal throughout 2014-16. “For me, that has been a complete turnaround from what was going on before.”

Between the beginning of the partnership in 2014 and the end of the 2016 school year, Calusa Elementary School’s combined VAM scores increased from .128 to .364, placing it in the 76th percentile for Florida Standards assessment. Additionally, the school’s Percentage of Year’s Growth (PYG) scores showed gains equivalent to an additional four months of learning over other schools in the district, and it ranked in the 95th percentile in the district.

Learning Sciences International has published a white paper to detail the partnership, available for download on the Learning Sciences website.

Demonstration Schools for Rigor function as working laboratories of rigorous teaching and learning. Educators and leadership participate in workshops, trainings, and targeted coaching to create schoolwide shifts toward rigorous, standards-based instruction. In addition, demonstration schools open their doors to other administrators in the area, allowing them to tour the schools and see the progress and pedagogy in action.

Learning Sciences International is working in a similar capacity with numerous other schools throughout Palm Beach County and across the United States. Anyone interested in learning about this work may browse its school profile pages and downloadable case studies highlighting recent projects and initiatives.

Learning Sciences International, a leading provider of professional development and performance management in education, combines research-based instructional strategies, evaluation models, and classroom monitoring techniques with advanced web-based technology to foster meaningful growth in educators and leadership. Founded by former university faculty members and researchers, the company supports schools and educational initiatives in 11 countries and serves 311,000 teachers and more than 4 million students in the United States.

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