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Reducing Learning Struggles

Point-of-Instruction Focus

Our Goal - Breakout Achievement

Our Solution Framework

Content Is Common Denominator

Teachers Enrich Practice

Closing Learning Gaps

Letter Grades Hide Learning Gaps

Learning Gaps Cripple Progress

Teacher Implementation Benefits

High Value for Teachers

Student Engagement

Parent Involvement

School Implementation Benefits

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“We need solid, unimpeachable information that identifies what’s working and what’s not working in our schools,”
Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education









Point-of-Instruction Focus

Learning gaps are a dynamic force. Closing gaps reduces learning friction for new content, but learning new content gives opportunity for new gap formation. Keeping learning gaps in check requires constant vigilance. Student profile reports provide timely awareness of learning status with actionable information to manage the learning process.

Teaching and Learning Are Center Stage

Specified knowledge and skill items at the operational level are the base unit of measure in education, the “common denominator” for all processes, and the distinguishable properties of all materials.

The On-Grade Model uses standards-derived operational content to clearly define teaching and learning objectives, enable alignment throughout the system and facilitate transparency of operations.

The Model’s use of operational level content for everything from alignment to measurement to management enables clear learning gap vision and makes on-grade student performance a baseline reality.

Addressing Learning Gaps

Awareness of a gap enables and encourages actions to remove it, and continuous, clear reporting spurs persistence until it is gone.

While the high-level egg view of achievement and gaps is important, the drilldown into data behind the high-level view reveals the actionable information.

Clearly defined and transparent learning objectives are critical to tracking and managing student achievement using reports like the illustrated Student Learning Profile on the right.

Learning achievement and gaps reports inform at directly actionable levels to empower teachers, students and parents to close these gaps immediately and avoid the compounding effect of blocking cohesive learning sequences. Clear learning objectives with reports correlating student achievement form the foundation for competency-based education.

System Strength Is the Link Between Learning Objectives & Curriculum

The uniqueness of the Institute's system is its commitment and ability to establish and maintain connections between the reference library (aka knowledge and skills; learning objectives) and standards, and between content and  curriculum materials. The link makes possible real-time alignment to standards while course instructional materials are being developed to flag omissions, overlaps and additions for revision. 

Extending the Link To Student Learning Completes Circle of Alignment

The ability of the Institute's tools to track and manage student learning achievement is the ultimate payoff for all other alignment. We help teachers identify course learning objectives and translate them into instruction materials. Knowing individual student achievement at the learning objective level informs teachers, students and parents where to focus education efforts in a highly transparent and interactive environment.