School Improvement Network Releases New Research Linking Dramatic Increases in Student Achievement and Professional Learning Delivered On-Demand

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Company hosts Washington, D.C. event to present first-of-its-kind research analyzing year-over-year changes in student achievement across 734 schools

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School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources and training, today announced a new, independent research linking student achievement and teacher effectiveness to on-demand professional learning. Importantly, results indicate that when teachers are highly-engaged in on-demand professional learning, student achievement increases dramatically. The research also shows a link between educator engagement in professional learning with a reduction in dropout rates and student discipline issues and an increase in teacher retention. The findings were presented today in Washington, D.C. at an event focused on building teacher effectiveness through professional learning.

These findings represent one of the first pieces of research analyzing the connection between student achievement and professional learning. Results are groundbreaking for public education as the study shows there is now a working model for driving student achievement that is affordable and scalable for all schools and systems.

“We have always held our programs to a standard of success and accountability by measuring gains in student achievement,” said Chet Linton, president and CEO of School Improvement Network. “This latest research provides the information necessary to create a national model for professional learning with a formula for increases in student performance through teacher effectiveness. We believe these findings will shape education reform to finally fund effective solutions and raise the standard of education in the U.S. to one of global leadership.”

Schools with high engagement in on-demand professional learning experienced improved outcomes in four key areas:

  •     Increases in Teacher Retention
  •     Lower Dropout Rates
  •     Fewer Student Discipline Issues
  •     Increases in Numbers of Students with College-Related Goals

School Improvement Network professional learning solutions include a repository of best-practice videos and social applications allowing educators to download and read relevant research as well as upload their own resources, and build a learning community that drives increases in student performance.

This is the seventh independent research study commissioned by School Improvement Network to determine positive impact in the classroom and perhaps the most important, as it quantifies the engagement that drives significant gains and teacher effectiveness and is therefore applicable across the education landscape.

In fact, the results of this research indicate and reinforce the capability of the U.S. public education system to deliver globally competitive education as long as teachers are highly-engaged in on-demand, best practice solutions to classroom challenges.

Click here to see the full study.

About School Improvement Network

Founded in 1991 by teachers, School Improvement Network has spent decades researching and documenting the best practices in education. From this research, School Improvement Network has developed the Educator Effectiveness System. This system delivers a process to improve teacher practice, and gives educators with 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 test scores by as much as 30 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 in action. Learn more at

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