The LEAP Pilot Network launched in the fall of 2014, focusing on literacy EdTech tools with 15 schools across Chicago. Our goal was to find, evaluate and implement the innovative tools and teaching practices with the greatest potential for improving student achievement.
What did we learn? A great deal, starting with how to best focus and evolve the LEAP piloting process, and how to inform the processes of other educators, organizations and districts piloting around the country.
We found that 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.