The world of work is evolving; research shows that 65% of today’s grade school students will end up in jobs that do not yet exist. And while high school graduation rates continue to rise throughout the country, students aren’t graduating fully prepared with the skills necessary to enter the workforce or succeed in college.
So how do we prepare students to excel in this changing world? The answer is personalized learning.
What is Personalized Learning?
Personalized learning puts the focus on each individual student and includes the following elements:
- Instruction is aligned to rigorous college- and career-ready standards and the social and emotional skills students need to be successful in college and career.
- Instruction is customized, allowing each student to design learning experiences aligned to his or her interests.
- The pace of instruction is varied based on individual student needs, allowing students to accelerate or take additional time based on their level of mastery.
- Educators use data from formative assessments and student feedback in real-time to differentiate instruction and provide robust supports and interventions so that every student remains on track to graduation.
- Students and parents have access to clear, transferable learning objectives and assessment results so they understand what is expected for mastery and advancement.
How Do You Personalize Learning?
While there are many ways to personalize learning for students, we think the best options are through competency-based education and early college high school. These two school models, which work both independently and in concert, give students the opportunity to own their learning, progress at their own pace and graduate from high school ready to succeed in both college and career.
- Learn more about personalizing learning with early college high school and competency-based education.
- Find out if your community is ready to scale personalized learning district-wide.