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Public Impact announces Opportunity Culture success

Bryan Hassel, co-director of Public Impact (Photo Credit: Alex Granados)
Bryan Hassel, co-director of Public Impact (Photo Credit: Alex Granados)

Public Impact has released data showing that some of the first schools to use Opportunity Culture models — which extend the reach of excellent teachers and their teams to more students, for more pay, within regular budgets — are seeing benefits as a result. 

Here is a dashboard to take a look at the data yourself.

The organization’s data shows that all schools using the model schoolwide had high growth in reading and math, and schools implementing the model gradually experienced 42 to 70 percent more high growth than similar classrooms in the same school and other schools, according to the press release.

“These early results, achieved in pioneering schools by pioneering teachers new to their roles, are just the beginning of what is possible,” said Bryan C. Hassel, co-director of Public Impact. “However, our qualitative research shows that most districts and schools can improve their support for these teachers.”

The schools using the model were able to creatively use the school’s current budget to provide supplements for high-performing teachers, providing an average of $10,000, the press release stated.

The Opportunity Culture Initiative encompasses 30 schools, 450 teachers, and 16,000 students in 2014-15, according to the press release.

Here is the accompanying brief. 



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