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How a Medium-Sized District is Closing the Achievement Gap

How a Medium-Sized District is Closing the Achievement Gap

The Clarke County School District is a mid-sized public school district in Athens, Georgia with just under 14,000 students. It serves all of Clarke County, which includes the communities of Athens, Winterville, and part of Bogart. Recognized by the Georgia Department of Education as the “number one school district for closing the achievement gap”—the disparity … Continue reading How a Medium-Sized District is Closing the Achievement Gap

How Statesboro High Increased Math Proficiency by 84 Percent

How Statesboro High Increased Math Proficiency by 84 Percent

Located fifty miles from Savannah, Georgia, Statesboro High School (SHS) serves a diverse student body of approximately 1,500 in Bulloch County. Founded in 1901, SHS strives to be a model of excellence in public education, and to ensure that each of its students is uniquely prepared to enter the workforce. Most educators recognize the fundamental … Continue reading How Statesboro High Increased Math Proficiency by 84 Percent

How a Low-Achieving School Uses Data to Drive Success

How a Low-Achieving School Uses Data to Drive Success

Santee Education Complex is a high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), located in South Central Los Angeles. It was built in 2005 with the special distinction of being the first new four-year high school to open in LAUSD in over 35 years. Immediately after its opening, Santee dealt with issues around … Continue reading How a Low-Achieving School Uses Data to Drive Success

7 Can’t Miss Blogs to Jumpstart the School Year

7 Can’t Miss Blogs to Jumpstart the School Year

The freshly-polished hallways and classrooms across the country are filling up once again as another school year begins. Many students are showing up with a renewed enthusiasm for learning, with many teachers eager to help them become lifelong learners. But for educators, every school year also comes with new challenges. With several mandates, new legislation and ways … Continue reading 7 Can’t Miss Blogs to Jumpstart the School Year

Gatekeeping in Math: Dispelling the Myth of Placement & Advancement Exams

Gatekeeping in Math: Dispelling the Myth of Placement & Advancement Exams

Traditionally, test scores have been used to place students into an accelerated or advanced math pathway. Whether they’re in middle school or high school, students had to achieve certain scores on a series of common benchmarks or one one-off placements and readiness exams to be placed in the proper programs. The exams, created and administered by … Continue reading Gatekeeping in Math: Dispelling the Myth of Placement & Advancement Exams

Switching Student Information Systems: Does It Have to Hurt So Much? Five Components for a Successful Implementation

Switching Student Information Systems: Does It Have to Hurt So Much? Five Components for a Successful Implementation

Most educators are keenly aware that change comes with the territory. But when a perpetual state of change seems to be the only constant, it’s easy for skepticism to arise. The impetus for positive change in education is ever-present, as school districts continually strive for improvements aimed at benefiting students. Yet the fact is substantial … Continue reading Switching Student Information Systems: Does It Have to Hurt So Much? Five Components for a Successful Implementation

Create an Early Warning System and Give Your Teachers X-Ray Vision!

Create an Early Warning System and Give Your Teachers X-Ray Vision!

In the spirit of giving, what better gift to get your teachers than the gift of x-ray vision! Obviously I’m not talking about Superman’s x-ray vision, but the type of x-ray vision that allows your teachers to see things about their students that they had previously been unable to see. As an example of this … Continue reading Create an Early Warning System and Give Your Teachers X-Ray Vision!

Case Study: How Innovative Education Technology Can Improve Math Performance by 84 Percent

Case Study: How Innovative Education Technology Can Improve Math Performance by 84 Percent

At Statesboro High School (Bulloch County Schools), student performance on Georgia’s Math End of Course Test (EOCT) state assessment grew from 38 percent to 70 percent – an improvement of 84 percent. Two teachers (Jake Collins and Diana Johnson) established a successful strategy involving their Professional Learning Community (PLC), development of common assessments, and using Illuminate’s Data and Assessment platform to create a … Continue reading Case Study: How Innovative Education Technology Can Improve Math Performance by 84 Percent