Reading scores have increased dramatically for students at 14 schools in Hawaii utilizing PD 360, the School Improvement Network's on-demand professional development platform.
Schools that consistently used PD 360 experienced an average of 6.9 points in improvement, which translates into a gain in scores of 11.3 percent, a significantly higher percentage than other schools.
“Statistically, these data clearly validate the impact of PD 360 on student performance and teacher efficacy,” says Steve Shaha, independent evaluator of the PD 360 program. “It seems appropriate that any school seeking to experience significant gains would strongly consider these compelling data.”
Averaging reading scores at all schools that used PD 360, regardless of whether they used it relatively lightly or heavily, shows an average gain of 4.2 points on 2008 standardized reading tests, a rate over 5 times greater than schools without PD 360.
Used by more than 200,000 educators, PD 360 is an on-demand professional development resource that allows subscribers to instantly access nearly 1,000 research-based video segments. Segments address highly relevant educational issues by presenting advice from leading experts and showing real best-practice classroom examples. Because video segments are searchable and instantly available, educators can always access information that answers their questions and provides timely support.