PD Analytics LLC is a professional development company that specializes in helping K-12 schools to get the most out of their professional development dollars. PD Analytics (PDA) is an online school improvement tool that enables schools and districts to tie professional development spending to measures of teacher improvement and student outcomes. PDA’s automated dashboards and reporting provide data and transparency around the quantity and quality of professional development and coaching services.
PD Analytics (PDA) is an online school improvement tool that enables schools and districts
to tie professional development spending to measures of teacher improvement and student
outcomes. PDA’s automated dashboards for consultants, teachers, school administrators,
and district level personnel provide data and transparency around the quantity and quality
of professional development.
PD Analytics offers a wide range of professional development and education services. Our services include
teacher coaching, data coaching, student tutorial, leadership coaching, federal programs, special education,
response to intervention (Rtl), and English learner (EL) services.
Your next steps with PD Analytics would be to request a proposal that will address your specific needs by contacting us through our website below or emailing us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Under ESSA, schools have been given the flexibility to choose school improvement interventions that: 1) provide a
compelling and sufficient evidence-base for their impact on student outcomes; 2) meet the needs of the school,
based on a thoughtful and thorough needs assessment; and 3) define a method for follow-up to track and monitor
successful implementation. PDA surveys, dashboards and reporting provide the information needed to meet this directive.
Professional Development as a school intervention is validated by the work of Timperley, Wilson, Barrar, and Fung (2007)
who found 72 studies that assessed the effects of professional development on student outcomes. Based on their meta-analysis
of these studies, the overall effect on student outcomes was d = .66, validating that professional development has a significantly
significant effect on student outcomes which is significantly higher than the minimal standards of the WWC’s (d = .25). A
statically significant effect means that the change was not due to chance. Effect sizes expressed in standard deviations
are used to measure the effect, with Cohen’s d (1988) being the most widely used. When using Cohen’s d for considering effects,
d = .2 is small, d = .5 is medium, and d = .8 is considered large. Although ESSA has not set minimal standards for this measure,
the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) recognizes .25 and higher as statistically significant. Timperley and his colleagues further
used effect sizes to identify what works best in professional development in terms of positively impacting student outcomes.
PD Analytics allows schools to monitor the six themes identified in their work.
Theme 1: Learning opportunities occurred over an extended period.
Professional development and coaching sessions are recorded in PD Analytics and can be viewed throughout the school year and longitudinally over time. Session details include the alignment of professional learning to teacher and professional learning standards.
Theme 2: Involvement of experts was more related to success than in-school initiatives.
The involvement, focus, quantity and quality of the professional development provided by expert trainers is captured in PD Analytics (PDA). The effects of professional development on student outcomes is measured and is easily assessable in the PDA reporting section.
Theme 3: Teacher engagement during the learning process.
Teacher engagement is easily monitored via session surveys and professional development work report details associated with each professional development session.
Theme 4: Effects of student outcomes were a function of professional learning.
Student outcome data is imported into PD Analytics during the Fall, Winter and Spring test terms for linking professional development to student outcomes. Student outcome data linked to professional development can be generated at the district, school and teacher level.
Theme 5: Professional learning communities and teachers communicating with teachers.
PD Analytic (PDA) dashboard and reporting information is a catalyst for rich and meaningful discussions around professional development and student outcomes. PDA is anchored to the seven key focus areas recognized in Learning Forward’s Professional Learning Standards, one of which is Professional Learning Communities (PLC). Professional Learning Community indicators are used to inform community development and teacher communication and involvement.
Theme 6: School leadership supports professional learning.
Leadership is one of the seven key focus areas recognized by Learning Forward, and as such is critical to professional learning through professional development. PD Analytics empowers school administrators to: 1) develop a plan customized to school and teacher needs; 2) engage in the learning process with teachers; and 3) follow-up, track and monitor the effectiveness of professional development and its impact on student outcomes.
PD Analytics (PDA) is a unique computer-based technology designed to align professional development with teacher/administrator needs. PDA’s surveys have been validated as measuring the intended constructs and have been shown to perform reliably over time.
PDA collects schedule files, professional development details, and student formative and state test data for the purpose of linking professional development to student outcomes. PDA is host to a growing PD data base supervised by a Research Scientist. Professional development data within PDA serves as a resource to research ways to improve outcomes for kids.
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