School Improvement Network’s PD 360 is positioned to deliver embedded professional learning to the academic community that will improve teacher preparedness, skills and effectiveness, resulting in significant increases in student achievement in classrooms with participating educators. Title 1 students are traditionally known to represent among the greatest challenges for showing dramatic improvement, and often struggle to close performance gaps with their non-Title 1 peers, if that gap can ever be closed at all.
Data from this study verified that Title 1 students whose teachers participate in PD 360 experience significantly greater gains in standardized test scores than their peers whose teachers do not. Additionally, the data show that Title 1 students outperformed and outgrew their respective districts when their teachers participated in PD 360, a remarkable finding with great implications for educational success.
PD 360 represents the largest on-demand professional development video library available within the academic community. The application is delivered through an Internet-based platform that is built around over 1,500 core professional training segments focused on today’s most critical topics in education. PD 360’s indexed and searchable content library contains video learning segments that reflect research-based methods and strategies that are proven to improve teacher effectiveness and enhance student achievement. All professional development is delivered by noted national and international experts, supported by real classroom examples, practitioner interviews and graphics, all of which are designed to engage teacher-learners, deliver crucial content and maximize instructional skills. Each content area is available in both elementary and secondary versions so that educators can focus on professional development that is specific to their student populations and their unique instructional needs.
A license to PD 360 includes the following:
The School Improvement Network commissioned the PD-360 Impact for Title 1 Schools study to demonstrate the effectiveness of the professional learning solution in 422 Title I schools that utilize PD 360 throughout the United States. The School Improvement Network engaged the services of a third-party evaluator, Dr. Steven H. Shaha to conduct a comprehensive outcome study with the aim to provide quantitative, rigorous evidence of PD 360’s positive impact on student achievement when teachers are actively engaged in utilizing the tool. All data reflect scores achieved in standardized tests for Reading and Mathematics for the academic years 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 leveraging the standardized tests for their respective States.
The PD 360 Impact Assessment revealed statistically meaningful advantages favoring schools with PD 360 versus schools in their respective districts that did not use the learning tool. Schools whose teachers participated in PD 360 (n=422) significantly outperformed their respective Districts in student performance in both Reading and Mathematics. Moreover, performance data implies that the gains made by participating schools actually boosted the performance data for the entire districts in which they were nested by “pulling up the district averages.”
The Study of the Impact of Participation in PD 360 for Title 1 Schools clearly demonstrates that participating PD 360 schools experienced significant improvements in student achievement in Reading and Mathematics when compared to the cumulative results of their respective Districts.
Title 1 students traditionally have been among the most challenging to help see improvements in standardized test scores. Yet in this study, Schools utilizing PD 360 experienced greater success in Title 1 student achievement in both Reading and Mathematics versus their non-PD 360 peers when their Districts showed decline. The result is that there are significant advantages for students who find themselves in classrooms with teachers who utilize PD 360.
 Steven H. Shaha, PhD, DBA, is a seasoned nationally and internationally recognized outcomes researcher with over 300 publications and presentations to his credit and over 35 educational program evaluations. His doctorate at UCLA included substantive work at the Center for the Study of Evaluation in the Graduate School of Education. He has affiliations with the University of Utah (Center for Public Policy and Administration) and Harvard University, as well as eight other universities nationally and internationally, and has contributed to over 20 educational grants.