While students respond positively to teachers who set high academic expectations, teachers often fail to set these expectations for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
A report from the Center for American Progress entitled “The Power of the Pygmalion Effect” indicates that teacher expectations strongly predict college completion.
Data suggest that more needs to be done to improve teachers’ instructional skills and to dispel social stereotypes.
Teachers do not get the rigorous training they need and most teacher prep programs do not give training in high-performing, high-poverty schools, according to the report.
This is where Merit fits in.
Merit programs provide detailed coverage of the core competencies students require to succeed.
Progress is automatically monitored in an easy-to-use tracking tool for instructors.
The software is adaptive and adjusts to a suitable level of challenge with minimal teacher intervention.
Learn more at www.meritsoftware.com