Improving Student Achievement
When it comes to improving student achievement, what matters most should never be at the mercy of what matters least. Increasing the quality and quantity of student performance feedback—both from teachers to students, and from student to their teachers—is the most reliable way to improve academic achievement (Hattie, 2009, 2012; Haystead & Magaña 2014; Haystead & Marzano, 2008, 2009; Magaña & Marzano, 2013, 2014, 2015). Communicating clear learning outcomes and regularly monitoring progress is associated with the highest gains of any single instructional strategy—up to 4 years or more of student achievement in a single academic year. But without a common progress monitoring system or a common language of assessment, school systems experience random acts of improvement rather than aligned acts of improvement. We fix that, because it’s what matters most.