ICF Education Improving Student Achievement

Improving Student Achievement

ICF International helps school administrators and districts identify and implement education programs, policies, and practices that overcome the challenges to student achievement.



ICF partners with administrators to evaluate and strengthen the programs and tools that keep students in school and help teachers interact with students in ways that both inspire and enhance performance.

At ICF, we understand that improving student achievement requires:

  • Appropriately aligning student assessments with curricula and standards
  • Building teacher capacity to effectively instruct diverse groups of students
  • Enhancing school leader commitment to support teachers, students, and families
  • Improving systems for evaluating and rewarding teacher performance

With more than 20 years of experience in research, data system design, collaboration, and technical assistance across the entire learning lifecycle, ICF has the deep content expertise and field credibility to help educators measurably boost student achievement. We help education professionals overcome various challenges, including an increasingly diverse student body, language barriers, diminishing resources, and ever-evolving education technologies.


Featured Resources

  • Analysis of student achievement data—ICF’s extensive capabilities in comprehensive data systems and analysis enable staff to organize and analyze extant student information and data systems in order to identify patterns of achievement. Through such analyses, ICF researchers offer educators the data-based insights that allow for programmatic and pedagogical decisions.
  • Research and evaluation—ICF has extensive experience implementing research and evaluation to support the improvement of student achievement, from original empirical research to secondary analyses of student achievement data. Our staff’s capacity in all facets of the research process enables ICF to design data systems, conduct analyses of student data, and evaluate the impact of educational interventions.
  • Technical assistance—ICF builds evaluation capacity among schools and districts through partnerships with educators focused on the examination and interpretation of student achievement data. We help clients examine the impact of educational strategies and programs through the lens of data.
  • Texas Education Agency (TEA)
  • U.S. Department of Education (ED)
    • Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
  • Project

    Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Mid-Atlantic

    The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Mid-Atlantic supports the research-related needs of educational stakeholders throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania with research, technical assistance, training, and dissemination. ICF provides practitioners and policy-makers with evidence-based improvement strategies, sponsors educational research forums, and conducts stakeholder-driven short-term research projects.

  • Project

    Texas Education Agency Best Practices Clearinghouse (TEA BPC)

    The Texas Education Agency Best Practices Clearinghouse (TEA BPC) supports schools in improving learning for all students by providing a means for schools to share information about evidence-based best practices. ICF supports this project by developing the framework and evidence standards for assessing best practices, leading webinars, analyzing data on targeted outcomes, and designing and hosting the website.

  • Project

    Rider 42 Professional Development Research Study

    ICF was part of the evaluation team responsible for conducting a formative evaluation of several statewide teacher professional development (PD) academies in Texas. The PD academies focused on improving teachers’ knowledge, awareness, and integration of standards and assessments in their classrooms in order to improve student achievement.

  • Project

    What Works Clearinghouse

    ICF is a key partner on the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC), which was established by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences in 2002 to provide educators, policymakers, researchers, and the public with a central and trusted source of scientific evidence of what works in education.

  • Caitlin HowleyDr. Caitlin Howley

    Senior Manager

    Expertise in: Education, Research + Evaluation
  • John HitchcockDr. John Hitchcock

    Expert Consultant

    Expertise in: Education
  • Felix FernandezDr. Felix Fernandez

    Technical Specialist

    Expertise in: Research + Evaluation, Surveys, Families + Communities
  • Helene JenningsHelene Jennings

    Senior Fellow

    Expertise in: Education, Research + Evaluation
  • Christy LeichtChristy Leicht

    Senior Technical Specialist

    Expertise in: Education, Families + Communities

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