We recently compiled a research brief based on 14 exhaustive studies on the effects of school climate & culture on academic outcomes. While we weren’t surprised with the correlations that every study found between positive behavior and higher performance, we were surprised at some of the numbers themselves! Here are three that jumped out at us:
- According to the 2012 School Culture Survey, almost 90% of teachers at schools with strong instructional cultures feel that their school sets high standards for students – compared to only about 50% of teachers at low-performing schools.
- A TNTP study found that the average student proficiency rates at schools with strong instructional cultures were 21% higher in math and 14% higher in reading compared to schools with weak instructional cultures in the same district or charter sector.
- A study of over 600 students in 37 secondary school classrooms indicated that three domains of teacher-student interaction were predictive of higher test scores at the end of the year – classroom organization, instructional support, and positive emotional support. Make sure to get the full research brief to access links to all 14 research studies, see the complete picture and see more benefits and results of positive school culture.
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