September 21, 2022

National report reveals need for data-driven instructional coaching programs to support teachers and improve student outcomes

TeachBoost’s Coaching Impact Report Highlights Practices, Tools, and Trends Driving Instructional Coaching Programs in K12 Districts

NEW YORK, August 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As we enter the fourth consecutive school year impacted by learning disruptions related to the COVID pandemic, the challenge of retaining high-quality teachers is a critical issue in America’s public schools. Implementing strategies and refocusing resources on areas such as instructional leadership are more important than ever as school leaders seek to create more collaborative and supportive environments for their teachers.

TeachBoostleader in teacher evaluation and educational coaching platforms and a subsidiary of school statustoday announced the release of a new national report revealing broad consensus that instructional coaching, supported by access to real-time coaching data, is highly effective in improving teacher practice and student outcomes in K12 schools.

The report entitled “Coaching Impact Report: Practices, Tools, and Trends Affecting Instructional Coaching Programssurveyed nearly 100 district leaders and coaches across the country about practices, tools and trends in instructional coaching programs. The report highlights both positives and areas for growth and provides valuable information to district and instructional leaders who are striving to create successful and sustainable training programs.

The report found that while most districts (79%) use metrics to measure student mastery, achievement, and achievement, 81% of schools and districts surveyed lack the data or tools to measure the time, effort and impact of their coaching programs. Access to coaching data is very important, especially as teachers work to rebuild their classrooms and support students affected by the learning disruptions caused by the pandemic. Through the use of data, schools can ensure that teachers receive the necessary support and that students receive a high quality education.

Key findings of the report include:

  • Educational coaching creates a more supportive learning culture
    Educators surveyed shared that most districts (75%) see the connection between coaching, teacher growth, and student success. There was strong agreement (93%) that districts where coaching is highly valued create an environment that allows teachers to apply their learning more deeply, frequently, and consistently. In these districts, there is also strong agreement (92%) that coaches play a vital role in creating and maintaining a supportive learning culture that helps students reach their full potential. Yet more than a third of districts (36%) do not currently use coaching models.
  • Access to coaching data enables more informed decisions
    Most respondents agreed (78%) that districts with access to real-time aggregated training data aligned with instructional goals can make more proactive and informed decisions about how to improve instruction. Yet only 21% of respondents say they always use data to make coaching decisions, and 57% say they use data often but would like more of it. Among school leaders, most (81%) said they wanted to use coaching data to make decisions, but didn’t have access to the right data to make informed decisions.
  • Effective technology tools and systems are needed to support coaching programs
    Almost all (91%) respondents agreed that coaches need to have the tools to support their work, but most (81%) lack the data or tools to measure time, effort and impact of their training program. In fact, 63% of respondents still use pen and paper to track their coaching work. Without the right systems in place, coaches often have to cobble together their own ways of organizing and sharing their work, preventing district leaders from having easy access to data and stories that show how instructional coaching aligns. on strategic and professional development priorities.

“Consider this an urgent call to action – we need to expand our coaching programs to create a continuous learning environment that positively impacts teachers and students,” said Jason DeRoner, CEO and co-founder of TeachBoost. “We can start by ensuring access to coaching data to measure coaching effectiveness against district goals and mandates. With an effective, integrated system in place, coaches and teachers can focus on what matters most: improving teaching and learning so that every student can experience the highest quality teaching.”

About the Training Impact Report
In February and March 2022, an independent consulting group hired by TeachBoost surveyed 94 U.S. educators from 86 different school districts across a variety of roles, experience levels, and grade levels to understand their attitudes and practices regarding instructional coaching in their districts. The Coaching Impact report includes key findings from this survey. To learn more about the survey results, you can Download the full report here.

About TeachBoost
The TeachBoost team believes that the best student outcomes are achieved when educators are fully supported. That’s why we create tools to support teacher learning and development in the classroom. With a suite of observation, coaching, and reporting tools that work together or alone, TeachBoost can integrate with any existing PD workflow or create new ones for organizations of all sizes. At the district level, TeachBoost delivers comprehensive, real-time insights into teaching quality and educator development across buildings and networks. TeachBoost was acquired by SchoolStatus in 2022. For more information, visit www.teachboost.com.

About school status
SchoolStatus is a leading provider of a fully integrated data analytics and communications platform designed to improve student outcomes through the unique combination of comprehensive data and direct parent engagement. With SchoolStatus, educators have instant access to the information they need, which facilitates data-driven decision-making and enables more proactive and meaningful communications. SchoolStatus removes technology, language and access barriers to parent engagement. With over two hundred million successful parent-teacher interactions, SchoolStatus is the choice of school leaders who recognize the need for data-driven decision-making and parent communications. For more information, visit www.schoolstatus.com.

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