Study Shows Gains in Reading, Math

A national study of 212 schools shows that use of PD 360, School Improvement Network’s on-demand professional learning resource, improves student achievement in both math and reading. In schools that reported a high use of PD 360, the percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced in both reading and math consistently rose over the collective district benchmark from the prior year.

The study was based on data collected for 4th and 8th graders, contrasting performance for students in schools with high participation in PD 360 with the district as a whole. Fourth graders in schools with high use of PD 360 outperformed the 4th graders in their respective districts in math by 9% (p<.001); 8th graders in the high PD 360 schools showed a 28.8% advantage (p<.0001). The performance gap in fourth grade reading for high use of PD 360 schools versus their respective districts was 14% (p<.0001); in 8th grade it was 11.1% (p<.0001).

PD 360 provides hundreds of short video segments that feature leading experts and present real classroom, best-practice examples. In addition to its content library, PD 360 provides integrated follow-up tools, reflection activities, tracking, and collaboration and community discussion forums and file sharing to promote greater implementation of learning.

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