Changing the Odds: What Matters Most for Student Achievement
Teachers, Administrators, Researchers, Policymakers
This report examines thousands of studies of education and calls out those practices that demonstrate the largest effects on student achievement. It goes beyond identifying “what works” to identify what matters most—those influences and approaches that stand clearly above the rest—and distills these influences into five “high-leverage,” “high payoff” areas for improving students’ chances for life success.
The five areas of the What Matters Most framework include:
- Guaranteeing challenging, engaging, and intentional instruction
- Ensuring curricular pathways to success
- Providing whole-child student supports
- Creating high-performance school cultures
- Developing data-driven, high-reliability systems
In each area, the report offers actionable ideas and “touchstones” for educators to return to in order to gauge the merit of their endeavors.
Goodwin, B. (2010). Changing the odds for student success: What matters most. Denver, CO: Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning.
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