Making the Case: Compelling Data
This growing library features data points describing the impacts and outcomes of student-centered and competency-based teaching and learning. The data are sourced from research studies, evaluation reports and journal articles, as well as evidence collected directly by classroom, school, district and state leaders.
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Least Advantaged Students Benefit Most from Social-Emotional Learning
A large study of Chicago Public Schools data showed attending an effective high school (focused on social-emotional learning and behavior, in addition to academics) had the largest impact on the least academically advantaged students. College-going increased by 19% for those least advantaged, compared to a 2% increase for the most advantaged.
SEL Increases Graduation Rates for Least Advantaged
A study of Chicago student data indicated attending an effective high school (focused on social-emotional learning and behavior, in addition to academics) had a bigger impact on the least academically advantaged students the most. High school graduation rates increased by 9% for those least advantaged, compared to a .6% increase for the most advant
Washington Teachers Feel Culturally Responsive Practices Improve Equity
75% of Washington's Mastery-Based Learning Collaborative educators surveyed believe that implementing culturally responsive-sustaining education would improve their school’s ability to achieve equitable outcomes for students from historically marginalized yet resilient groups. 75% also thought it would improve school culture and climate.
Washington Educators See Mastery-based Learning as Key to Equity
In evaluating Washington's Mastery-Based Learning (MBL) Collaborative, 67% of educators believe that implementing MBL deeply would improve their school’s ability to achieve equitable outcomes for students from historically marginalized yet resilient groups. 63% also agreed that MBL would improve school culture and climate.
Early College High Schools Benefit Economically Disadvantaged Students
An experimental study in North Carolina found the impact of attending an early college high school was higher for economically disadvantaged students. While all students who attended early college high schools were 3.9 percentage points more likely to have obtained a bachelor's degree, economically disadvantaged students were 4.5 percentage points
Black and Latino Students Underrepresented in Dual Enrollment
While overall participation in dual enrollment programs is up in California, a study revealed equity concerns. Compared with overall school enrollment, 59 of 72 districts had a lower percentage of Latino students, and 52 had a lower percentage of Black high school students in these programs.
Teachers Concerned Curriculum Not Culturally Relevant
In a national survey of teachers during the COVID pandemic, only 35% of teachers felt their curriculum was culturally relevant for the population they teach. Only 41% felt it was accessible, appropriate and engaging for all students.
Number of Districts With 1:1 Computing Device Ratio Doubled in 2020
In an EdWeek end-of-year survey the number of districts reporting at least one device per student rose from 41% before the pandemic to 94% percent in 2020, more than doubling.
Social-Emotional Learning Benefits Vulnerable Students
A study of Chicago students showed the most vulnerable students benefit the most from attending schools that focus both on academics and social-emotional learning. SEL increases graduation rates for high and low-income students, with low-income students seeing the biggest impact.
Affordability Creates Barrier to Students’ Internet Connectivity at Home
A national study indicates two thirds of families without the internet connectivity needed for hybrid learning at home have access to broadband but can not afford service. Low-income, Black and Latinx families are disproportionately impacted.
Race, Ethnicity and Income Continue to Impact Students’ Access to Broadband
A study of broadband internet access data reveals that racial segregation based on historical housing policies still impacts students' access to internet and learning at home.
Socio-Economic Status Impacts Students’ Reports of Agency
Students with higher levels of socio-economic status reported higher levels of self-efficacy, perseverance of effort, mastery orientation, self-regulated learning, and future orientation relative to peers from lower socio-economic backgrounds.