Evaluation Findings from Implementation of the SOAR Professional Learning Model

Professional Learning Model in the Los Angeles Unified School District

The SOAR Professional Learning Model was implemented in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to build district capacity to support coaches and teachers in the academic language and literacy development of English learners.

Findings from an evaluation conducted by the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Center for Research and Reform in Education found that overall:

  • Treatment teachers showed significantly higher levels on all SOAR instructional practices than comparison teachers,
  • Teacher instructional practices significantly improved post-intervention, and
  • Student outcomes significantly improved post-intervention.

Participating teachers agreed that continued school-wide implementation would benefit all students, not just ELs.

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