The On-Grade Institute offers a systemic solution to raise the plateaued U.S. preK-12 student achievement using 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 as an Internet service. There are also integrated implementation options for whole-school and district use.
All top-down reforms depend on teachers for achieving effective classroom implementations. But with top-down reform after reform being directed to teachers with minimal planning time and a glut of disjointed materials, marginal implementation quality is predictable.
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 and use aligned curriculum and then 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 with existing classroom operations and policies.
The Institute works to define content, the “what” of teaching. We link it to standards for alignment references, and identify cohesive learning pathways within the content for teacher reference during curriculum development, learning gap analysis, and gap closure. Our information libraries are organized with a classification taxonomy and seeded with state standards for immediate productivity.
Shared teacher curriculum materials offer support for the “how” of teaching. The uniqueness of these materials is their alignment to content objectives verified with a quality review from the Institute’s educational staff and volunteer teacher professionals. Using the Institute's tools for curriculum development, teachers are informed in real-time about the alignment of their instructional materials.
Like AutoCAD supports architects without dictating designs or construction methods, we’ve addressed the fundamental tasks of teaching and learning from defining content scope to developing curriculum and managing student learning. 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 for K-12 after significant adoption in higher education.
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 any granularity, but using fine-grained teachable and measurable objectives, student performance measurements directly inform instruction while giving student and parents clear information on where further work is needed. Closing learning gaps in critical core content builds the scaffold for learning new content without a struggle.