Methods Used to Estimate Achievement Effects in Personalized Learning Schools

by John F. Pane, Matthew D. Baird

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The purpose of this document is to describe the methods RAND used to analyze achievement for 23 personalized learning (PL) schools for the 2012–13 through 2013–14 academic years. This work was performed at the request of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), as part of a multi-year evaluation contract. The 23 schools were selected from a larger portfolio of PL schools funded directly or indirectly by BMGF because they implemented PL school-wide during both of the two academic years and they also administered Northwest Evaluation Association's (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) both years.

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