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ALPHA PLUS MODEL OF SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT

Since 1990, when the Oklahoma Legislature created the state’s first academic standards and mandated a new type of state tests, the Alpha Plus team of educators has been developing tools to help students reach higher expectations.

Alpha Plus uses scientifically based methods to help low-performing schools achieve high progress, and customizes services to meet the needs of rural, suburban and urban schools.

EVIDENCE OF EFFECTIVENESS

While a majority of schools served by Alpha Plus start out as low-performing, schools that use Alpha Plus tools outperformed Oklahoma’s average proficiency rates on state tests at Grades 3-8 every year, including 2019.

image002MayAlpha Plus data and training helps educators improve instruction and, as such, state-mandated test scores in English/reading, mathematics and science. (Click on image for enlargement.)

Each year, we evaluate Alpha Plus data against Oklahoma State Department of Education data for each school to ensure tools and efforts are aligned to the state accountability formula.

In 2019-20, Alpha Plus Online assessments aligned to the Oklahoma Academic Standards (OAS) are being used in 74 schools with:

+15,567 students, Grades 1-8
+640 teachers, assistants and specialists
+169 principals and school support staff
+98 superintendents and district support staff

When schools using Alpha Plus tools get great results, we are the first to share to newspapers, news media, Facebook, Twitter, and on our website.

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This is how Alpha Plus has inspired results for nearly 30 years - by giving the credit to teachers and school teams. And, schools always exceed our expectations and state averages.

image005MayOklahoma Edge, the state's plan for compliance with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states that "a robust assessment system is tied closely to students’ learning and teachers’ instructional practices by valuing and promoting local, classroom based formative assessments that help make student learning visible.

At the same time, that system should provide a strong summative assessment program that fits as a component within a multifaceted state, district and school accountability system." [Page 48-49, Oklahoma ESSA Consolidated State Plan, July 2018]

Alpha Plus Online is precisely that type of system.  Moreover, Alpha Plus Data-Driven Professional Development helps schools identified for Comprehensive Support and Improvement to meet state and federal mandates. (Click on images for enlargement.)

image007MayEvidence-Based Practices studies from the USDE's What Works Clearinghouse that correlate to the Alpha Plus Model of School Improvement materials and services include:

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We Use Data to Help Schools Make the Grade!

Teachers and administrators can quickly and easily identify students who need more help learning the Oklahoma Academic Standards.

Alpha Plus pinpoints the SPECIFIC OAS objectives or "gaps" students have from previous years, then helps school teams address each objective throughout the year.

That is why Alpha Plus schools have OUTPERFORMED the state average every year of the A-F Report Cards.