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ERIC Number: ED537050
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec-7
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Giving Teachers Useful Feedback
A vast gulf in academic achievement separates public schools in Washington, D.C.'s poorest neighborhoods from those in its most affluent. Achievement Prep, which serves 4th-8th graders in D.C.'s impoverished 8th Ward, is an outlier. Yet in 2011, 60% of Achievement Prep's "scholars" scored proficient or advanced in reading on the DC-CAS tests, while just 28% of their neighborhood peers did. While many factors are contributing to the school's success, one stands out: the school's complete commitment to helping its teachers grow as professionals by giving them rich and regular feedback. Achievement Prep structures feedback around "quick hits": small, manageable pieces of a teacher's craft that could be easily improved. Between 2010 and 2011, Achievement Prep doubled the number of observations each teacher received each year, from 20 to nearly 40. That same year, every single teacher in the school reported that observations helped them improve student outcomes--a testament to the value of the bite-size, real-time feedback.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: TNTP
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia