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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After teachers engaged in empathy interviews and guided lesson study practices as part of the networked improvement community study of student-centered instruction and assessment strategies, Black and Latinx students were more likely to believe they could succeed in math class.
Researchers discovered a positive relationship between the degree of exposure to competency-based education practices (e.g., minimum, low-medium, and medium) and self-reported student engagement.
Some competency-based education practices (e.g., clarity around academic expectations and proficiency-based standards) were perceived as increasing student engagement and motivation.
Some competency-based education practices (e.g., clarity and required attainment of learning targets; use of multiple assessment types) were perceived as increasing students’ intrinsic motivation.
Across Kansas, schools early in the student-centered and future-focused redesign process are seeing dramatic improvements in attendance and behavior data, including fewer tardies, fewer suspensions and expulsions, fewer incidents of extreme behaviors and better engagement with families.
In higher education, student-centered approaches to teaching have been found to correlate with greater teacher satisfaction, less teacher burnout and positive student outcomes such as improved engagement and higher academic achievement.
Student reports of having opportunities for high-quality collaboration in a personalized setting were strongly associated with positive classroom experiences and higher engagement, motivation and self-efficacy.