Standards Assessment Inventory

Maximize your professional learning's impact


The Standards Assessment Inventory is your first step to igniting school improvement. The SAI is a 50-item, 20-minute survey that measures alignment of your professional learning with the Standards for Professional Learning; assesses the impact of professional learning in your system; and ensures you maximize the return on your PD investments.

The SAI helps you assess if your learning communities, professional learning leadership, use of data, learning designs, and other key indicators reach the highest levels of impact.

The SAI is a valid and reliable survey that can realign your professional learning and guide critical school improvement efforts in your school, system, or state.

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Schools use the SAI to:

Guide school improvement planning

Set clear expectations for professional learning

Provide benchmark data

Evaluate specific learning programs or initiatives

Identify professional learning strengths and areas of need

Guide deep, ongoing reflection on professional learning

Systems and states use the SAI to:

Identify and organize schools with similar needs and priorities

Identify strengths and share exemplary practices

Inform school and system improvement planning

Assess the impact of specific improvement efforts

Reveal successes and challenges in a system

Set systemwide professional learning priorities

SAI Resources

About the Standards Assessment Inventory (SAI)

About the Standards Assessment Inventory (SAI)

Learning Forward’s Standard Assessment Inventory (SAI) is a 50-item survey that measures the alignment of a school’s professional learning to…

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SAI Information Guide

For more information, including sample questions and pricing, download this SAI Info Guide.

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The State of Teacher Professional Learning

See how the SAI was used to start national conversation about the type and quality of professional learning that teachers…

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Fill out our web form and let us know a little about your system and your goals for using the SAI.


We’ll contact you to talk about how to get your schools set up to take the survey.


We’ll work with you on next steps to analyze your SAI data and plan next steps.

SAI Team

Sharron Helmke

Dickinson, Texas

Sharron Helmke is the coordinator of instructional coaching at Clear Creek ISD in the Houston area, and is a senior…

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Eric Brooks

Eric Brooks

Scottsdale, Arizona

Eric Brooks is a senior consultant with Learning Forward. He served as director of professional learning with the Arizona Department…

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Steve Preston

Decatur, Georgia

Steve Preston has more than four decades experience leading innovation and school improvement at the local and state levels. He…

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Terry Morganti-Fisher

Austin, Texas

Terry Morganti-Fisher is a senior consultant for the Learning Forward. Terry leads districts and schools in becoming authentic professional learning…

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