Achievement Network (ANet) was founded in 2005 as a school-level intervention to support the use of academic content standards and assessments to improve teaching and learning. Initially developed within the Boston charter school sector, it has expanded to serve over 500 schools in nine geographic networks across the United States. The program is based on the belief that if teachers are provided with timely data on student performance from interim assessments tied to state standards, if school leaders provide support and create structures that help them use that data to identify student weaknesses, and if teachers have knowledge of how to improve the performance of students who are falling behind, then they will become more effective at identifying and addressing gaps in student learning. This will, in turn, improve student performance, particularly for high-need students.
In 2010, ANet received a development grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) Program. The grant funded both the expansion of the program to serve up to 60 additional schools in five school districts, as well as an external evaluation of the expansion. The Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University partnered with ANet to design a matched-pair, school-randomized evaluation of their program’s impact on educator practice and student achievement in schools participating in its i3-funded expansion.
Education Policy and Data Center Research
EPDC provides policy-relevant analysis derived from education data and indicators. Leveraging its access to a wealth of international education data sources, EPDC applies its expertise in data collection and statistical analysis towards existing and emerging issues in education policy and practice. Among other issues, EPDC research has focused on access to education for disadvantaged groups, enrollment and attendance trends, and factors affecting student achievement. The analysis is presented in reports, policy briefs, and technical papers. EPDC research varies in focus, in some cases spanning dozens of countries, and in others, taking an in-depth look at a given education system.
Other FHI 360 Research
Education is a critical ingredient for spurring economic growth, improving health, and strengthening democracy. FHI 360 improves access to quality education for all through collaborative, long-term partnerships with governments, civil society, schools and communities. Our work promotes sustainable improvement and increased capacity at all levels, from policy formulation to classroom instruction. Other FHI 360 research includes that produced under the USAID-funded EQUIP2 Leader Award ($9.5 million, 2003–2012), a project that worked in countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America to provide research and technical support to USAID and ministries of education to formulate and implement education policy; improve educational systems and build organizational capacity; strengthen management skills in the education sector; and improve data collection and use in education policy and planning.