The 7 Most (And Least) Effective Ways To Improve Student Achievement

Posted by The Committed Sardine on

“Katie Lepi features a great infographic in the following article she wrote for Edudemic. More than anything, we want learning to have a profound impact on our students—the kind that makes them want to be learners for life.”


via Edudemic

There are a lot of different theories out there on what works and what doesn’t in education. The infographic below showcases the results of a study that looked at a number of different items and if they negatively or positively affected student achievement. The scope of these projects is rather huge – over 50,000 studies including over 240 million students!  While the research is based on the work of one individual and his team, the 7 most positive and negative ways to improve student achievement are quite interesting. Read on to find out more.

7 ‘Top Effects’

  • Self reported grades/student expectations
  • Teacher credibility
  • Feedback
  • Phonics instruction
  • Classroom management
  • Parental involvement
  • Cooperative learning

7 ‘Bottom Effects’

  • Principals / School Leaders
  • Homework
  • Class Size
  • Extra Curricular Programs
  • Ability Grouping
  • Gender
  • Open vs. Traditional learning spaces


  1. Againunyabusiness

    Seriously, and we wonder why the American education system is failing… Self reported grades?! Of course we will see an improvement if every student thinks he or she deserves an ‘A’, regardless if they actually earn the grade. Whatever happened to personal responsibility?

  2. Ian Jukes

    There is quite a bit more detail to the theory than just letting stubents give themselves grades. Hattie’s work is highly respected world wide. I recommend you take a look at his Visible Learning book before you draw too many conclusions.

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