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A Look at the Data: How Does K-12 Professional Development Measure Up to ESSA Criteria?

Professional Learning

Everybody knows that kale salad is better for you than that triple-decker bacon cheeseburger with the fried egg on top. We know it’s better to tackle the to-do list than to spend 6 hours bingeing TV. And we know that professional learning should be sustained, intensive, job-embedded, collaborative, data-driven and classroom-focused. We probably didn’t even need the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to tell us so.
 
But there’s often a difference between what we know is best and reality. In professional learning, do we eat the kale salad or the cheeseburger? Finally, there’s data to provide a picture of how school districts in the U.S. measure up to the ESSA criteria.* Can you guess (okay, estimate) what the numbers tell us? See if your finger is on the pulse of professional learning today.

  * All results are taken from a study by the Frontline Research & Learning Institute which looked at data from over 3 million professional learning enrollments across 203 school systems from 2011-2016.
 


It’s no small feat to provide professional learning that measures up to the criteria in the Every Student Succeeds Act. Thankfully, Frontline Professional Growth can help. Find out how it can work for you.
 

About Ryan Estes

Ryan works at Frontline Education writing, blogging and creating content to support those working in K-12 education.