West Carroll Parish School DistrictChallenge                                                                         Distr...
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West Carroll Parish School District, LA - PD 360 Case Study

  1. 1. West Carroll Parish School DistrictChallenge District ProfileFour schools in the West Carroll Parish School District, a rural West Carroll Parish School Dis-district in northeastern Louisiana that struggles with high levels of trict serves 2,300 students and ispoverty, faced an achievement gap in student scores on the Louisi- located in rural Oak Grove, LA.ana Education Assessment Program (LEAP). West Carroll needed atool to close the gap. Challenge West Carroll wanted to close theSolution achievement gap that existed be-The Learning Framework is a results-driven program focused on tween students in four schools andbuilding internal capacity and sustainability to enable schools and the rest of the district.districts to maintain and continue improvement on their own. It isa comprehensive teacher and administrator training program that Solutionhelps struggling schools increase student achievement through The Learning Framework; a com-improved educator practice. The research-based Framework trains prehensive, research-based train-teachers to use instructional strategies in order to hit learning ing program.targets that are aligned to state standards. During the training,teachers learn how to make instruction intentional and engage stu- Benefitsdents immediately in learning at the start of each and every lesson. • Elimination of achievement gapTeachers also examine how to design integrated lessons, maximize • Increased student achievement planning time, utilize immediate feedback assessments to gauge in Math and English Language student understanding, use higher level questions, and differenti- Artsate instruction to meet the needs of every student. As they partici- • Student attitudes about school pate in training, teachers consistently see and experience exem- and learning improvedplary modeling of each instructional strategy and practice taught. • Teachers greatly enhanced their instructional skillsBenefits • Educator attitudes aboutWest Carroll eliminated its achievement gap because of remarkable teaching improvedgains in student test scores on the LEAP. The test score data veri-fies the impact of School Improvement Network’s Learning Frame-work, which West Carroll participated in during the 2006-2007school year. Teachers’ participation in the professional develop-ment program solidly improved student achievement and students’ attitudes; as well as the teachers’ attitudes,confidence, and skills.• Elimination of Achievement Gap After implementing the Learning Framework, the students of the teachers who participated in the program saw their LEAP scores finish nearly 8% above the rest of the district.©School Improvement Networkwww.schoolimprovement.com/pd360 800-572-1153
  2. 2. Dr. Steven Shaha, who headed an evaluation team regarding the project, notes, “This is remarkable. These students started at a significant disadvantage and ended up exceeding their peers. Teacher participation clearly distilled down to the students and had the inspiring hoped for by impact every teacher and principal.• Increased Student Skills and Achievement An assessment team measuring the impact of the Learning Framework (LF) on student achievement deter- mined that 12.7% more LF students passed the math portion of LEAP over the previous year; representing an overall increase of 21.4%, and eliminating the achievement gap and surpassing the rest of the district’s pass- ing rate. The results were similarly impressive in English Language Arts (ELA). After the LF was instituted, 16% more LF students passed the ELA portion of LEAP than in the previous year; representing an increase of 27.7% in the number of students who scored at Basic, Mastery, or Advanced levels, again closing the gap and surpassing the rest of the district.• Impact on Student Attitudes Survey results show that Learning Framework students feel more confident as students, put more effort into learning, and like teachers and school more because of what the Learning Framework taught their teachers. Students also reported seeing teachers consistently practice what they learned during their professional development.• Impact on Teacher Skills and Knowledge Teachers participating in the Learning Framework reported feeling a significant increase in their expertise and more cumulative confidence in all the areas and skills covered in the training. • Impact on Teacher Attitudes Teachers who participated in the Learning Framework showed significantly favorable attitudes about the training and its perceived impact on their students.About School Improvement NetworkFounded in 1991, School Improvement Network (SINET) has worked with thousands of schools and districts inevery state and around the world to provide comprehensive solutions that get results in student learning. As theproducer of The Video Journal of Education, TeachStream Online Courses, and PD 360, SINET is the nation’sleader in professional development. SINET provides onsite training to help schools make Adequate Yearly Prog-ress, improve student learning and engagement, and increase achievement. The School Improvement team hasdocumented best practices in more than 3,000 classrooms across North America and has worked with dozensof the most respected experts in education. Learn more at www.schoolimprovement.com.©School Improvement Networkwww.schoolimprovement.com/pd360 800-572-1153