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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Students in Project Mastery classrooms had higher attendance rates and promotion rates to the next grade.
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.
Students who started in the bottom quartile from Next Generation Learning Challenge schools demonstrated greater gains than students in a matched comparison group on the NWEA MAP English Language Arts and Math interim assessments after two years.
In the Project Mastery grant initiative, students in schools using competency-based models outperformed demographically similar peers on state tests.
Elementary and middle school students in a competency-based district in Colorado who were academically behind completed math and literacy performance level requirements faster than students in a traditional school system.
On average, students made larger gains in math growth after taking a course from a personalized learning teacher than students who did not take a course from a personalized learning teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenberg School District in North Carolina.
At the personalized, competency-based Boston Day and Evening Academy, 100% of students enter two or more years off-track from secondary graduation, but by the time they graduate, 98% leave with a post-secondary education plan.
Students participating in schools using personalized learning approaches had modest gains in reading and math scores over peers in other schools, and researchers found these benefits held for students of all ability levels.
Students with greater exposure to proficiency-based practices tended to demonstrate higher levels of engagement in school.