Title 1 Schools Improve with PD 360, Outperform Entire District

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Student Test Scores Rise Dramatically in Schools That Utilize PD 360, the Leading On-Demand Professional Development Platform

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The research results are conclusive: PD 360 creates better teachers and helps them improve student learning in a way that no other method had heretofore done with such efficiency.

Independent research recently confirmed that 422 Title 1 schools significantly and consistently outperformed their non-Title 1 peers, experiencing dramatically higher gains in test scores than any other schools—and they did it in one school year.

The achievements were thanks to many factors, including talented teachers, passionate administrators, and students who had a desire to learn. But there was only one common denominator:

On-demand professional development with PD 360.

The research was performed by an independent source, Dr. Steven H. Shaha, PhD, DBA, who released his study comparing 422 Title 1 schools that used PD 360 with surrounding schools and districts that used other means of professional development. He measured the performance of these schools in the 2008 – 2009 school year (when none of these schools were using PD 360) to 2009 – 2010 when these particular Title 1 schools began implementing the on-demand PD platform.

In his study entitled “PD 360 Impact Assessment: A Study of the Impact of Participation in PD 360 for Title 1 Schools,” Dr. Shaha states, “Title 1 students are traditionally known to represent among the greatest challenges for showing dramatic improvement, and often struggle to close performance gaps with their non-Title 1 peers, if that gap can ever be closed at all.”

But as the study shows, the more that educators use and implement PD 360, the better their students perform.

Proficiency gains in reading and math were measured by combining the categories “proficient” and “advanced” on standardized test results. The average district gains in proficiency from the 08 – 09 to 09 – 10 school year were only 0.1%. The Title 1 schools using PD 360, however, gained an overall 4.8% for the same school years, outperforming the districts by 4.6% (p<.001). “And that performance advantage is all the more dramatic,” Shaha states, “when considering that the PD 360 schools began from a point equal to or slightly lower than their respective districts as a whole, meaning that PD 360 use resulted in a gap where none existed prior to its use.”

As with reading, PD 360 schools consistently made statistically significant gains in mathematic proficiency rates above those experienced by their districts collectively (p<.001). In fact, the results show that the districts cumulatively actually saw a decline of -5.9% in the percent of students scoring at Proficient and Advanced levels in mathematics, while the participating PD 360 schools within those same districts experienced a gain of 7.3% for the same time period — a gap creating growth advantage of 13.2%. (p<.001).

Shaha points out in the research, “It is important to remember that, since the PD 360 schools were included in the cumulative district results, there is a statistical likelihood that had the gains experienced by the participating PD 360 schools not been included to raise the cumulative rate, the losses experienced by the districts would have been even greater.”

The research results are conclusive: PD 360 creates better teachers and helps them improve student learning in a way that no other method had heretofore done with such efficiency.
Such research and dramatic improvements cannot go unnoticed by states and districts as the United States continues to grapple with low performance, low budgets, and low morale. Growth of this magnitude makes PD 360 and School Improvement Network’s suite of products worth almost any cost—and yet PD 360 is one of the most inexpensive professional development platforms in the market.

Get your free 30-day trial of PD 360 at http://www.pd360.com or call 800.572.1153. School Improvement Network also offers the world’s only comprehensive, on-demand Common Core training in Common Core 360. Start your free 30-day trial of Common Core 360 at http://www.CommonCore360.com.

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, 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 http://www.schoolimprovement.com.

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 http://www.pd360.com.

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