Crowdsourced Data Supporting Student-Centered Learning

As the number of schools, districts and states committed to student-centered, personalized learning practices grows, so does the evidence base. On this page, you’ll find an evolving library of data points that describe the impacts of student-centered and competency-based approaches on student learning and other key outcomes.

The findings are searchable and are sourced from research studies, external evaluations and evidence collected directly by schools, districts and states using student-centered and personalized learning approaches.

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    Flexible Learning

    Virtual Schools Here to Stay

    A national survey of school districts in June 2021 indicated that 50% of urban, and 25% of all districts, planned to offer a virtual school option, an increase of nine times pre-pandemic offerings.

    Flexible Learning

    Access to Technology in Elementary Grades Triples

    A survey of 300 superintendents revealed the number of districts offering one-to-one initiatives in the elementary grades tripled, from 24% pre-pandemic to 71% in summer 2021. Initiatives in grades 6 to 12 rose to 83%.

    Flexible Learning

    Schools Foster Increased Agency During COVID

    Interviews with students K-12 about virtual and hybrid school experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic revealed an increase in self-directed learning. A stronger sense of autonomy and responsibility was a common theme in the interview analysis.

    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Number of Districts With 1:1 Computing Device Ratio Doubled in 2020

    In an EdWeek end-of-year survey the number of districts reporting at least one device per student rose from 41% before the pandemic to 94% percent in 2020, more than doubling.

    Curriculum and Instruction

    Use of Adaptive Learning Software to Personalize Learning Increased Dramatically

    An EdWeek end-of-year survey shows the number of districts using adaptive learning software to personalize learning rose from 54% before the pandemic to 85% in 2020.

    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Affordability Creates Barrier to Students’ Internet Connectivity at Home

    A national study indicates two thirds of families without the internet connectivity needed for hybrid learning at home have access to broadband but can not afford service. Low-income, Black and Latinx families are disproportionately impacted.

    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Race, Ethnicity and Income Continue to Impact Students’ Access to Broadband

    A study of broadband internet access data reveals that racial segregation based on historical housing policies still impacts students' access to internet and learning at home.

    Whole Child and Relationship Building

    Small Groups and Flexibility Lead to Positive Learning Conditions

    Surveys and interviews with educators during COVID-19 indicated smaller groups and flexibility in shaping learning environments around students’ needs led to stronger relationships. 57% could better support social and emotional well-being in small groups.

    Student Agency and Voice

    Flexible Scheduling Block Supports Student Choice and Differentiation

    A study of innovations during the COVID-19 pandemic documents the use of a flexible daily WIN (What I Need) block at a Massachusetts high school. Students can choose activities ranging from targeted academic supports to clubs.

    Student Agency and Voice

    Showing Learning Through Video Bolsters Student Agency

    A study of innovations during the COVID-19 pandemic documents “Teach-Back” Tuesdays at a Dallas school. By sharing videos of themselves teaching academic content, students bolster their agency while demonstrating learning.

    Flexible Learning

    Students Report that Tech Increases Self-Directed Learning

    In national surveys, students report that technology helps them direct their own learning, with over half indicating tech helps them learn at their own pace and control their own learning process.

    Flexible Learning

    Perception of Technology as a Tool for Personalization Has Grown

    In national surveys, the number of teachers that view technology as a tool to personalize learning has increased quickly, with 62% reporting that tech allows them to better differentiate instruction in 2018 versus just 26% in 2014.

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