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Learning Point Associates Services:
Support for Struggling Schools

We provide struggling schools with the research-based strategies and recommendations needed to close achievement gaps and improve teaching and student learning.

Curriculum Audit

Our curriculum improvement audits provide research-based action steps for districts and schools to improve student achievement. Learning Point Associates is experienced in working with districts to address the achievement gaps for English language learners and students with disabilities. Learn about our district audit work in New York.

Our collaborative audit approach allows districts and schools to:

  • Establish consistent, measurable objectives for student achievement.
  • Leverage existing strengths and knowledge across areas of high need.
  • Speed decision making by gaining insight into programs that are ineffective or irrelevant.
  • Promote a shared understanding across disciplines for new approaches to special populations.
  • Enable personnel to see and understand their role in improving performance.
  • Gain control of resources to improve those programs that will yield the highest return for students.

Curriculum Alignment

Research suggests that the impact of a well-aligned curriculum can “cancel out” more traditional indicators of student achievement such as socioeconomic status, gender, race, and teacher effect. A well-aligned curriculum can help level the playing field for students.

Learning Point Associates works with individual districts to customize a unique curriculum audit approach. We have designed three processes that allow us to effectively analyze a district’s written curriculum, instructional guides, and assessments to determine the level of alignment to state standards:

  • Basic alignment services
  • Knowledge domain alignment
  • Comprehensive alignment

Surveys of Enacted Curriculum

The Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC) is a powerful tool that allows administrators to analyze, measure, and refine what is taught in the classroom. Designed for K–12 teachers, it provides a process for measuring:

  • What is being taught to students
  • How it is being taught
  • What students are expected to know and be able to do with the lessons

The SEC maps responses from an online survey about what teachers say they teach to the state content standards and assessments. The scales and maps generated by the SEC allow administrators to analyze, measure, and refine the content taught in the classroom. Analyses are presented across grade levels and schools to identify gaps and duplications in curriculum and instruction that may affect student performance.

For more information, contact us by e-mail or telephone (800-356-2735).

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