Urban middle school students improved significantly after using a personalized, blended-learning math program, according to a new study from Teachers College, Columbia, reports Ed Week. Low achievers gained the most after using Teach to One: Math.
The program employs a computer algorithm to deliver individualized lessons to students daily and provides a personalized instruction schedule for teachers. Teach to One: Math combines teacher-led instruction, small-group collaboration, digital lessons and virtual tutoring and was inspired by New York City’s School of One, which focuses on personalized instruction for middle school students.
. . . During the 2012-13 school year, students using Teach to One: Math gained math skills at a rate about 15 percent higher than the national average. In the second year of the program’s implementation students made gains of about 47 percent above national norms, even though some of those students were still in their first year of using Teach to One: Math.
New Classrooms Innovation Partners, a nonprofit, developed the program. In the first year, the curriculum included fourth and fifth grade math, but it now goes down to second grade, said Christopher Rush, the chief program officer.
In 2012-13 the lowest-achieving group using the program gained 37 percent more than low-achieving students nationally; in 2013-14 that number rose to about 81 percent higher than national norms for that group.
High achievers did not outperform the control group.