In schools using technology to personalize learning, students made greater academic progress than a control group, according to a RAND study for the Gates Foundation.
Students with the lowest prior achievement made the greatest gains in reading and math.
Researchers followed 11,000 students attending 62 K-12 charter and district schools.
Teachers and administrators are using data generated by personalized learning tools to adapt their teaching, according to the study, notes edSurge. The most successful schools use data to group students and give students the opportunity to discuss their data with their teachers. They also create spaces for personalized learning.
Charter schools using personalized learning saw strong effects, but district schools, a much smaller part of the sample, did not, Neerav Kingsland points out. Was it personalized learning — or just highly effective charter schools? I think that’s a valid point.