International Collaboration

The Learning Bar is contracted to develop the student, teacher, parent and school questionnaires for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) PISA for Development. The questionnaires are being developed using a life-course model called Educational Prosperity, developed by The Learning Bar, which countries can use in their capacity-building efforts. Educational Prosperity builds on the core strength of PISA in that it not only provides valid and reliable measures of student performance in reading, mathematics, and science, but also provides measures of student health and well-being, engagement and attainment. The model also includes measures which drive student outcomes, called the Foundations for Success. These include measures of inclusive schooling, quality instruction, learning time, and material possessions. The non-cognitive outcomes and the foundation factors can be tracked over time and compared among countries in the same way as the PISA test scores. Currently, there are eight countries participating in PISA for Development: Cambodia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Senegal and Zambia.

Student Learning

Most models of student learning consider student engagement as an input: an enduring characteristic of the student that determines his or her academic achievement. The Learning Bar (TLB) model, however, establishes student engagement and student health as important schooling outcomes in their own right, sitting alongside academic achievement as crucial measures of student success.

Students who struggle with learning to read during primary school encounter an ever-increasing challenge after 3rd grade, as students are then expected to read subject-matter content in multiple subjects. Students are then expected to learn how to extract different pieces of information from text, integrate this information, explain connections, make inferences, and develop hypotheses. Struggling readers fall further and further behind, and, by 6th or 7th grade, show signs of disengagement and indifference towards learning.

iStock_000014883056We also believe that students’ health affects their achievement (and vice-versa), and their engagement (and vice-versa). Among students who have health problems, asthma, allergies, chronic ear infections, and obesity are all prominent concerns. Behavior problems associated with hyperactivity, inattention, emotional disorders, physical aggression, and indirect aggression also rise to the forefront when children enter school. These problems can also impede a student’s cognitive development. During adolescence, the physical and mental health of many students becomes compromised due to unhealthy lifestyles and participation in risky activities.

We provide school administrators with the methods and resources necessary to collect, analyze, and report on these key factors that affect student success.

To learn more about our how we get results that can help you and your school, please explore our in-depth research section. Descriptions of each page within the research section can be found below.

Raising and Levelling the Learning Bar: Learn about the concept behind raising and levelling the learning bar.

Meaningful Measures: Delve into our measures, how they’re created, and how they can help you improve school outcomes.

Leading Indicators: Find out about leading indicators, which inform school policy and instructional decisions, and increase student engagement.

Comparative Data: Drawing from a vast database of student and school data, we offer a uniquely rich resource of comparative norms and tools.

Accuracy: Discover the methods through which we achieve our accurate results and learn about how bias can affect your measures.

Reliability: See the research that goes into our measures, surveys, and results, and learn about the consistency that goes into our measurement process.

Validity: Explore the process and research, we use to ensure our instruments are measuring what they are intended to measure.