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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.