Finding What Works - Pilot Network Year One Results
LEAP’s Pilot Network launched in the fall of 2014, focusing on literacy edtech tools with 15 schools across Chicago. It was our first step in determining the best way to find, implement, and evaluate edtech tools and innovative teaching practices with schools, and understanding which of these tools and practices have the potential to make the biggest difference in student achievement.
We are now excited to share the results. In short, innovation in the hands of forward-thinking educators has the potential to make a real impact: overall, for grades 3-8, participation in the Pilot Network resulted in a gain of 1.07 additional test-score points above what the control group achieved on NWEA. This is equivalent to closing the achievement growth gap on NWEA for low-income students by approximately 45 percent, nearly closing the gap for Black students, and more than closing the gap for Hispanic students.