National Research

Keys to Unlocking Success: How Schools Exceeded Expectations in 2020–2021


  • Subject: Mathematics, Literacy
  • Demographic: Economically Disadvantaged, Black, Latino

Published September 2022

This research report shows six promising leadership practices recommended by district and school leaders from more than 300 schools that exceeded expectations during the 2020–2021 school year. Given the research showing that economically disadvantaged, Black and Latino, and below-grade level students have the most pandemic-related unfinished learning, Curriculum Associates wanted to identify promising district- and school-level leadership practices for supporting students who have been most heavily impacted by the pandemic. Report released September 2022.

Meet the Authors

Andrea Pope, Ph.D.

Associate Research Scientist

Curriculum Associates

Andrea Pope, Ph.D., is an associate research scientist at Curriculum Associates. She conducts research on the efficacy of Curriculum Associates products and best practices for product implementation. She supports national research efforts focused on improving educational systems. Pope holds a Ph.D. in Assessment and Measurement from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

Oriana Leach, Ph.D.

Research Content Manager

Curriculum Associates

Oriana Leach, Ph.D., is a research content manager at Curriculum Associates, where she writes research content for nontechnical audiences. Previously, Leach directed gifted and talented programs and led program evaluation at Duke University. Leach holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Educational Psychology from North Carolina State University, an M.S. in Education from St. John’s University, and a B.F.A. in Film and Television Production from NYU.