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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    School and Classroom Culture

    Empowering Students and Teachers in St. Louis Sparks Academic Progress

    With St. Louis Public Schools and Washington University, two struggling elementary schools have turned around by focusing on student voice and teacher empowerment. MAP Math scores have increased 2.5-fold and science 5-fold. Scores rose in three years from 10% meeting basic standards to 27% meeting math and 47% meeting science standards in 2022.

    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Programs Creating More Equitable Access to Dual Enrollment in CA

    An analysis of CA students' dual enrollment in 2020-21 showed more equitable participation across ethnic groups in 9th grade. The disparity between Asian and Black student participation was 14% in 12th grade and only 4% in 9th. This is attributed to more formal opportunities like early college high schools and College and Career Access Pathways.

    Social-Emotional Learning

    Personalized Learning Boosts Teacher Confidence in Meeting SEL needs

    In a 2022 survey of 1,000 teachers, those who reported using all the personalized learning strategies on the survey were much more confident meeting students’ social-emotional needs. Of those reporting high use of personalization 64% felt "high confidence" in their ability, compared to only 39% of the teachers with low implementation.

    Flexible Learning

    Using Blended Learning Practices Correlated with Higher Personalization

    In a survey of 1,000 teachers post pandemic, those who used blended learning were more likely to implement personalized learning strategies. For example, 56% of surveyed teachers who used blended learning also adopted flexible pacing, while only 32% of those not using blended learning did so.

    Social-Emotional Learning

    Focusing on Whole Student Promotes Belonging, Creates Parent Satisfaction in DC Elementary

    Van Ness Elementary, a DC school working with Transcend to rethink education by focusing on the whole student, outperformed schools in the district on all categories of the Panorama SEL evaluation tool, including self-regulation, sense of belonging and satisfaction. Of note, the school received a 98% student and 95% parent satisfaction rating.

    Impact and Academic Outcomes

    Attendance Higher at ND Personalized, Competency-based Schools

    A five-year evaluation of the North Dakota Personalized, Competency-Based Learning Initiative showed a small but significant impact on attendance. 4-5th and 9-12th graders’ rates were 1 percentage point or 2 school days higher than matched peers at non-personalized schools, and 6-8th graders' rates were 2 percentage points, or 4 days, higher.

    Career and Technical Education

    ND Personalized, Competency-based Schools Prepare Students for College and Career

    A five-year evaluation showed 12th graders in the North Dakota Personalized, Competency-Based Learning Initiative were as prepared or more so for college and career as students from matched comparison traditional schools. In 2022-23 personalized schools reported same or higher rates for state-defined military, workforce and post-secondary readiness

    Social-Emotional Learning

    Whole Child Schools in DC Rate High in SEL

    Students at the five DC elementary schools in the Whole-Child Collaborative’s pilot cohort saw statistically significant increases after a year implementing the student well-being model (2019-2020) in each of the Social-emotional Learning (SEL) competencies measured on the Panorama SEL Assessment. These included self-efficacy, social awareness, p

    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Students with Disabilities Thrive with Personalization in Atlanta

    Tapestry Public Charter School, catering mainly to students with IEPs and/or 504 plans, achieved a 100% graduation rate for students with disabilities in 2020-2021, despite pandemic challenges. In 2018-2019, 90% of such students graduated, compared to 46.4% in the district, and in 2019-20, it was 80% compared to 54.6%.

    Impact and Academic Outcomes

    Personalization Leads to High Attendance Despite Pandemic

    The 2019-2020 attendance at Tapestry Public Charter School, which serves a majority of students receiving interventions and specialized supports in a personalized environment, was higher than district and state levels despite remote schooling. In 2020-21 middle school attendance rose to 97.46% (up 5%) and in high school it rose to 96% (up 7%).

    Career and Technical Education

    Internships Boost Students’ Confidence in Meta-Cognitive Skills

    In interviews at three student-centered schools, 10 of 17 students reported growth in meta-cognitive skills like time management and self-regulation, needed for college and career-readiness.

    Assessment and Accountability

    Charters Using Performance Assessments See Greater Student Growth

    Students attending Envision Schools, a network of California charter schools committed to performance assessment, college readiness and project-based learning, gained the equivalent of 66 additional days of learning in reading and 20 days of learning in math, compared to a matched group of students at traditional public schools.