Understanding implementation of proficiency-based education in Maine

Education Development Center (EDC) conducted this study as part of the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative’s initial cycle of research. The team at EDC worked alongside fellow scholars, educators, and policymakers to investigate the impact of specific student-centered practices and then translate their findings for cross-sector audiences.

The research questions investigated in this study are:

  • To what extent do specific patterns of student exposure to student-centered, proficiency-based
    education exist?

    • What are the characteristics of the exposure profiles?
    • What predicts membership in the exposure profiles?
  • How is student exposure to student-centered, proficiency-based education associated with
    student academic and engagement outcomes?

    • Do associations between exposure and outcomes vary as a function of student
      characteristics?
  • What is the nature of implementation and what factors contribute to variability in the
    implementation of practices aligned with principles of student-centered, proficiency-based
    education?

This report represents their work over the past two years as they partnered with ten districts in rural Maine to examine the extent to which students were exposed to and experienced proficiency-based education.

Learn more about this study and discuss its findings with the research team! Register now and join the Research Collaborative team on Wednesday, December 12 at 1 p.m. ET as they dig deeper into this investigation with Karen Shakman and Brandon Foster from EDC.

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EDC partnered with 10 districts in rural Maine to study students’ exposure to student-centered, proficiency-based education and the relationship between exposure and student academic performance and engagement.

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Education researchers must engage with schools in a way that allows educators to feel like true collaborators as opposed to “lab rats” being observed. How can we better work with educators as opposed to working on education issues as we study their implementation?

EDC partnered with 10 districts in rural Maine to study students’ exposure to student-centered, proficiency-based education and the relationship between exposure and student academic performance and engagement. Read principal investigator Karen Shakman’s insight on cultivating authentic research partnerships with educators.

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Final Report

EDC partnered with 10 districts in rural Maine to study students’ exposure to student-centered, proficiency-based education and the relationship between exposure and student academic performance and engagement.

Explore the Full Report

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Education researchers must engage with schools in a way that allows educators to feel like true collaborators as opposed to “lab rats” being observed. How can we better work with educators as opposed to working on education issues as we study their implementation?

EDC partnered with 10 districts in rural Maine to study students’ exposure to student-centered, proficiency-based education and the relationship between exposure and student academic performance and engagement. Read principal investigator Karen Shakman’s insight on cultivating authentic research partnerships with educators.

Read the Article

Funding for this study provided by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

Learn more about the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative at sclresearchcollab.org.

Bridging the worlds of research, practice, and policy, JFF’s Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative investigates student-centered approaches to improve outcomes for learners from all backgrounds, particularly those who have been marginalized or underserved by the current system. In our first cycle of funded research, our grantees looked at competency-based education, student agency, personalization, collaboration, and networked improvement communities.

Other Research Collaborative studies in this cycle include:

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