Pilot Evaluation

Success at the Core was piloted in 11 middle schools and across one district in Washington State during the 2009-2010 school year. Inverness Research Inc., an independent education research organization, conducted an evaluation of the pilot and reported:
The materials are:
  • High quality
  • Relevant to targeted users
  • Usable in the middle school context
  • Valuable for instructional improvement
Pilot leadership teams experienced:
  • Growth in leadership capacity
  • Professionalization of school culture
  • Heightened instructional focus
Pilot teachers experienced:
  • Renewed commitment to student-centered teaching
  • Improved instructional practices
  • Increased student engagement
More on Pilot Results
The pilot evaluation is part of a growing portfolio of research on Success at the Core. Currently, a sustainability study is underway to assess the extent to which use of the materials continues in sites beyond the pilot phase. Results will be available at the end of 2010. A study is also planned that will focus on the impact of the materials on teachers’ classroom practice and on student outcomes.

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