School Transformation Results
School transformation initiatives, whether targeted or holistic, are designed to product results. Since outcomes are paramount, the Catapult Learning Alliance team works with the school or district partner to identify a set of desired outcomes. An implementation plan then identifies a set of priorities and a clear roadmap for developing organization capacity. Leading indicators are identified, observed, and measured to monitor improvement.
Case Study: Hawaii School District
Hawaii’s lowest performing schools partnered with Catapult Learning to improve student achievement during the 2005–2013 school years. Catapult Learning experts put into place a structure that helped ensure high performance on an ongoing basis, including proven research-based school design elements, achievement tools and systems, professional development, and dedicated Catapult Learning coaches to help transform schools. Following a multi-year implementation, Catapult Learning schools outperformed their matched comparison schools in each subject area.
Catapult Learning schools averaged significantly larger gains than comparison schools in the number of students achieving proficiency. After eight years of school improvement services, an additional:
- 53.6% of students tested proficient in mathematics – 16.3 percentage points more than comparison schools.
- 30.2% of students tested proficient in reading – 8.1 percentage points more than matched comparison schools.
Case Study: Oklahoma
State Education Leadership in Oklahoma partnered with Catapult Learning to provide Literacy FirstTM, a targeted school improvement program designed to build leader and teacher capacity and turn classrooms into engaging and motivating learning environments. This research-based, data-driven program build an understanding of the role literacy plays in academic achievement and reinforces the skills needed to address student performance challenges in reading comprehension and content areas.
The three-year, phased professional development process included leadership and teacher training, job-embedded coaching, and teacher training materials. After experiencing success at the elementary level, some district schools partnered with State Education Leadership in Oklahoma to fund Literacy First at the middle school level.