Continued Progress: Promising Evidence on Personalized Learning
Nov 10, 2015
This report examines achievement in 62 schools pursuing a variety of personalized learning practices, and implementation details in 32 of the schools. It uses data from site visits, interviews, and surveys to create a broad picture of efforts to implement personalized learning and the perceptions of teachers and students. Achievement data for personalized learning students are compared to a matched group of students attending other schools.
Promising Evidence on Personalized Learning
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The adoption of personalized learning approaches has increased significantly in recent years. This report examines achievement in 62 public charter and district schools that are pursuing a variety of personalized learning practices, and examines implementation details in 32 of those schools. Researchers obtained achievement data for personalized learning students and a matched comparison group of students attending other schools serving similar populations. They also collected and analyzed data from site visits, interviews, and surveys to create a broad picture of the schools' efforts to implement personalized learning and the perceptions of teachers and students. The achievement findings indicate that compared to peers, students in schools using personalized learning practices are making greater progress over the course of two school years, and that those students who started out behind are catching up to perform at or above national averages. The study finds that teachers at most schools were using data to understand student progress and make instructional decisions, all schools offered time for individual academic support, and the use of technology for personalization was widespread. However, some strategies, such as competency-based progression, were less common and more challenging to implement.
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