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Changing the Odds for Student Success: What Matters Most


The report examines thousands of studies of education and calls out those practices that demonstrate the largest effects on student achievement. It goes beyond merely identifying what works and instead identifies what matters most -- those influences and approaches that clearly stand above the rest. It distills these influences into five "high-leverage, high pay-off" areas for improving students' chances for life success:

  1. Guarantee challenging, engaging, and intentional instruction;

  2. Ensure curricular pathways for success;

  3. Provide whole-child student supports;

  4. Create high-performance school cultures, and

  5. Develop data-driven, "high reliability" systems.

  • several related reports are available here, some of which are already on MSPnet.