Off Accountability Lists!!

Exiting School Improvement

PLC Associates, LLC has a proven track record of moving entire districts and targeted schools off state accountability lists. This year alone we have heard from more than 20 districts that have had success using our hands-on professional support and monitoring tools.

In New York State, PLC was selected to provide statewide training using the NYSED model; and our Data Triangle monitoring tools were built to align with the tenets of the NYSED approach. We know of no other tool that does this. Our tools are significant in helping districts to create evidenced- and research-driven plans for schools & districts with proven strategies. Then we help districts to successfully execute implementation.

This approach - combining surveys and professional services - is unique to PLC and a major reason why we have had such remarkable successes in moving schools out of Accountability Status.

Discover the Data Triangle 

Monitor progress against the research of what works in schools.

The Data Triangle is endorsed by superintendents, and used by hundreds of school leaders who have exited school improvement status.

Supported by the research of Kotter, Marzano, and Fullan, and aligned to the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness.

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The Data Triangle Surveys

The Data Triangle Protocol is a collection of 3 surveys - the School Performance Scan, the Family Engagement Survey, and the Student Voice Survey. Together these allow leaders to:

  • Measure internal systems and practices of schools
  • Assess the perceptions and insights of families 
  • Provide an accurate indicator of student views and their insights on structure, instruction, and learning processes


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Measurable Results

Exit School Improvement 
100+ schools exited from school improvement through our quality assessment, data analysis, and professional learning for school leaders.
Life Changing Impacts for Students
One large suburban district was removed from a list of focus districts. They saw big changes over a three-year period in the following areas:
  • 32% point increase in Graduation Rate Subgroup population 
  • 13% point increase in Advanced Regents Diploma rate 
  • 17% point increase in Overall Graduation Rate

Districts Love Working with PLC

Breadth of our work

PLC Associates has collected more than a million responses to our surveys, and has worked with hundreds of schools and districts, and almost two dozen BOCES across New York.

Districts love our work

Our clients love working with us because we make it easy to triangulate on successes, provide actionable insights, and focus specifically on key areas of school improvement: leadership, curriculum, instructional practices, student social-emotional, and family connections.

The fastest gap-closing schools in the state can be attributed largely to the systems transformation facilitated by PLC Associates.

- New York State Leader

Where We Work

Nassau BOCES
Brentwood Union Free SD
WFL Boces
city school district of Albany
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Make your school improvement needs a priority.

Reporting & Analysis

  • Principals and district leaders can quickly gauge where to focus
  • Track progress over time and set goals for professional learning and improvement
  • Progress against more than 100 performance benchmarks



What to do: NYS Accountability List Webinar

The Right Path, The Right Way
Join school improvement expert, Penny Ciaburri, for a webinar on 1/19 as she specifically addresses the first steps districts and schools must take if identified on the NYS Accountability List.
Move towards "good standing"
PLC Associates has engaged schools on the Accountability List since its inception and has a highly successful track record in supporting schools to “good standing.”
What You'll Learn
Penny will address: understanding the process, preparing stakeholders, data gathering, use of surveys and metrics, targeting goals as well as the leadership actions so important to communicating this opportunity. Our session will give clear, comprehensive guidance on the first critical steps for creating a success culture and improving student results. For leaders new to the process – this will start your district and schools on the right path, right away.

Five Foundational Practices to Build Student Success

This guide shares five key instructional practices that build student ownership of learning and improve student outcomes.


PLC Associates is your Accountability Partner

We are committed to achieving results
PLC Associates is completely committed to working with schools and organizations to achieve results.
We also provide wrap-around supports
Beyond the Data Triangle, we can stay with you and provide our “wrap-around support” and data collection and analysis in order to get to the target outcomes each school and district designates. The result: we help you actually achieve your student achievement and performance goals.
We work side-by-side with you
Our team works side-by-side with our schools, guiding, facilitating, modeling and judiciously implementing critical structures. The PLC approach is “hands on'' comprehensive, and results based. Our Associates are not only educational experiences practitioners, but also are current on research and best practices. All professional learning is delivered in a learning-by-doing highly participatory manner, which is the reason staff are able to immediately apply learnings whether a teacher at the classroom level or an administrator, schoolwide. School leaders attend these programs. Professional learning for staff and may include a turn-key approach.

PLC Associates' Areas of Expertise

Data Triangle Progress Monitoring Tool
  • The Data Triangle tool helps education leaders improve their school culture and drive better decision making by triangulating input from students, staff, and families. 
  • It has been widely used by schools and has a response rate of greater than one million.
  • Designed to reflect the research and best practices, the protocol has been certified as an approved instrument for use in The Diagnostic Tool For School and District Effectiveness review, and includes more than 100 performance benchmarks for the key practices required for high performance. 
Leadership Team Coaching
  • A program designed to give school leaders the specific competencies to impact teaching and learning, and establish the structures, practices, and systems that drive student achievement and school success.
  • Three levels, so that the district may benefit from complete, guaranteed implementation including - Level 1: Building Foundations, Level 2: Digging Deeper, and Level 3: Sustaining Systems.
  • We assign a PLC Coach to your school for the purposes of building the capacity of your school leadership team. 
  • We will help your school leaders conduct targeted walkthroughs, engage in high-impact coaching conversations with staff, and become experts in the essential research and best practices that support excellence in instruction. This is a game changer for driving school-wide improvements.
High-Quality Instructional Support
  • High-impact content, based upon research and best practices. Includes Student ownership of learning and learning targets; High student engagement; Higher-order complex questioning; Checking for understanding and targeted feedback; Differentiated instruction and practice.
Strengthening the school district’s development of professional learning communities
  • PLC Associates can help your district “modify the very culture of the organization and the assumptions, roles, relationships, and norms that make up the culture.”
  • We provide best practices from field experts so that all are able to benefit from the works of contributors.
  • Our process includes: Laying the Foundation, Metrics to establish baseline, set goals and progress monitor, Organizing the Work of the PLC, Securing Culture and a Results Orientation
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