In Texas, the Old School LYSers know the power of implementing a common scope and sequence that is aligned to state accountability tests. We were the pioneers and early adopters that moved the common scope and sequence from a good theory to standard operating procedure in Texas.  But to be honest, the school years go by so fast that I forgot the magnitude of improvement that occurs when a campus moves from teaching anything that resembles the content to teaching the right content at the right time.

Enter a new LYS campus in a state that just now began accountability testing. The campus is aggressively implementing a new to the state instructional tool, the common scope and sequence.  Here is the impact on student performance…

Course Performance Improvement 2015 to 2016 (Percentage Points)
9th Grade ELA + 45
10th Grade ELA + 47
11th Grade ELA + 41
Algebra I + 48
Geometry + 22
Algebra II + 35

Same students, same teachers, same principal. A new, begrudgingly implemented aligned scope and sequence.

Stunning! And further proof that a good teacher is not enough.  At the very least our students and schools need good teachers using good instructional tools.

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