Time for Equity Educational Improvement Tool

Posted by Annenberg Institute for School Reform on January 5, 2015

An all-encompassing tool for expanded learning time

The Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) has released a web-based tool for school and district leaders, reform support partners, researchers, and community organizations around effectively measuring the process and impact of expanded and re-imagined learning time. The tool offers a range of measures beyond standardized test scores that encompass the entire context surrounding educational improvement — academic research, data tools, videos, etc. — on indicators such as teacher leadership; engaged student learning; and student, family, and community engagement. The project was undertaken with the goal of making research accessible to those around the country working to create equitable education systems, according to Michelle Renée of AISR. “After we created our initial framework of 24 indicators, our partners had more questions: Does research support these measures? Have any data already been collected on more challenging measures such as social and emotional growth?” The site’s resources aim to provide a deeper understanding of how more and better learning time can influence students’ lives, school policy, and the systems surrounding schools. The project is part of the Ford Foundation’s more and better learning time initiative, which seeks to reinvent urban public schools by adding and improving learning time to ensure that students are prepared for college, career, and civic participation.


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