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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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“Education gaps impose on the United States the equivalent of a permanent national recession”
McKinsey Company, 2009











Helping Teachers Take the Struggle Out of Learning

Learning gaps interfere with mastering new content. Like a tractor pull, students can struggle to make progress against the weight of learning gaps. Keeping the weight of learning gaps in check maintains forward learning progress.

The On-Grade Institute offers a systemic solution to raise the plateaued U.S. pre-K through 12 student achievement. The Institute uses classroom data analytics to reveal and fix student learning gaps as they occur. The solution empowers teachers with tools and information provided directly to them on the Internet. There are also integrated implementation options for whole-school and district use.

The Institute's Point-of-Instruction Focus

All top-down reforms depend on teachers for achieving effective classroom implementations. Repeatedly, we see that top-down reform directed at teachers with minimal planning time and a glut of disjointed materials produces little if no real improvement in student achievement.

The Institute’s approach to raise student outcomes is to help teachers save time and improve their craft. Our approach is NOT to provide curriculum, but tools and information for teachers to develop their own instructional materials and use them to teach and manage student learning. Efficiencies come from our tools and reusable materials shared by teachers. The Institute’s technology system is universally  compatible with all teaching environments and methods, making it easy for teachers to use them with existing classroom operations and policies without approval.

The Institute Facilitates Content Definition; Teachers Pick Specific Content for Instruction

The Institute works to define content - the “what” of teaching - and links content to standards for alignment references. The Institute will identify cohesive learning pathways for teacher reference during curriculum development, learning gap analysis, and gap closure. The Institute's information libraries are organized with a classification taxonomy and seeded with state standards for immediate productivity.

The Institute Catalogs Curriculum; Teachers Use, Develop and Share Curriculum

Shared teacher curriculum materials offer support for the “how” of teaching. The uniqueness of these materials is their alignment to content objectives. The Institute’s educational staff and volunteer teacher professionals verify alignment with quality reviews. Using the Institute's tools for curriculum development, teachers are informed in real-time about the alignment of their instructional materials.

The Institute's Universal Tools Work with All Teaching Environments

Like AutoCAD, the ubiquitous computer aided design system, supports architects without dictating designs or construction methods, the Institute addresses the fundamental tasks of teaching and learning. The Institute tools allow educators and parents to define content scope, develop curriculum and manage student learning in all settings. Our tools support all education models, pedagogies and venues. They are applicable for implementing any standards-based education including the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), but are especially applicable to the logistics intensive and large-data nature of Competency Based Learning (CBL) which is now just gaining national popularity primary and secondary schools after significant adoption in higher education.

The Institute's Ultimate Benefit — Learning Gap Identification & Closure

Teaching to clear objectives enables clarity and efficiency from end-to-end of the education process. Teacher's pre-instruction work to define content and prepare aligned curriculum leads to tracking and managing student learning at the objective level. Objectives or competencies can be developed for any educational goal, but using fine-grained teachable and measurable objectives is critical. Such objectives lead to reliable student performance measurements. These measurements directly inform instruction, while giving students and parents clear information on where further work is needed. Closing learning gaps in critical core content builds the framework for learning new content without a struggle.