Florida: Assessing Classroom Instruction
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Area of Work
Standards, Systems & Policies
In 2014, Florida adopted new academic standards—based on the Common Core State Standards—that require a dramatic shift in how classrooms operate. Students are expected to think and learn on a much higher level, so teachers must engage and challenge students more deeply than ever before.
To help teachers make this shift, many districts have adopted new resources and systems—but it can be challenging to gauge whether those things are actually improving instruction and student learning in classrooms. With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, TNTP partnered with three Florida districts in 2014 to assess their implementation of the new standards.
We started by painting a comprehensive picture of each district: all told, we surveyed 10,000 teachers, analyzed 1,350 pieces of student work, observed 300 classrooms and interviewed 300 teachers, principals and district staff members.
After combing through the data, we helped our district partners better understand their challenges implementing the new standards, including inconsistent professional development, central office siloes, and misaligned curricula and materials.
Now, these leaders have a clear understanding of what’s working, what isn’t, and what must be done to improve—and they’re armed with the data and tools they need to advocate for change.