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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    Social-Emotional Learning

    Student-Centered Approach Improves Attendance and Behavior

    Across Kansas, schools early in the student-centered and future-focused redesign process are seeing dramatic improvements in attendance and behavior data, including fewer tardies, fewer suspensions and expulsions, fewer incidents of extreme behaviors and better engagement with families.

    School and Classroom Culture

    Student-Centered Redesign Empowers Kansas Teachers

    In the Kansas student-centered and future-focused redesign effort, more than 90% of the nearly 2,400 school and community respondents agreed that their schools encourage and support risk-taking with new instructional strategies and that their school and district leadership empower teachers to share ownership in their redesign process.

    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Competency-Based School Reports Higher Graduation Rates

    At the personalized competency-based Boston Day and Evening Academy for off-track youth, the percentage of male graduates of color increased from 22% to 50% in 2018.

    Impact and Academic Outcomes

    North Carolina Students Perform Better in Math with Personalized Learning

    On average, students made larger gains in math growth after taking a course from a personalized learning teacher than students who did not take a course from a personalized learning teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenberg School District in North Carolina.

    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Competency-Based School Helps Off-Track Youth Plan for Future

    At the personalized, competency-based Boston Day and Evening Academy, 100% of students enter two or more years off-track from secondary graduation, but by the time they graduate, 98% leave with a post-secondary education plan.

    School and Classroom Culture

    Student-Centered Approaches Positively Impact Teachers

    In higher education, student-centered approaches to teaching have been found to correlate with greater teacher satisfaction, less teacher burnout and positive student outcomes such as improved engagement and higher academic achievement.

    Impact and Academic Outcomes

    Personalized Learning Bolsters Reading and Math Scores

    Students participating in schools using personalized learning approaches had modest gains in reading and math scores over peers in other schools, and researchers found these benefits held for students of all ability levels.

    Impact and Academic Outcomes

    Mastery-Based Approach Helps Students Catch Up

    In the competency-based system studied, 43% – 47% of students who were behind their traditional grade levels completed their performance levels in three or fewer quarters, less time than it would take in a traditional education system.

    Student Agency and Voice

    Student Choice Has Biggest Impact

    Effects of competency-based models on student learning appeared most positive in programs that put primary emphasis on student choice with project-based learning. 

    Assessment and Accountability

    Nontraditional Assessments Build Intrinsic Motivation

    Having access to nontraditional assessments as part of a competency-based setting was positively associated with intrinsic motivation.

    Curriculum and Instruction

    Flexible Pacing Builds Self-Direction in Math

    The option of extra time to finish a topic or unit and the opportunity to retake an exam or redo a final project in mathematics were associated with favorable changes in students’ self-efficacy in mathematics.

    Impact and Academic Outcomes

    Personalized Learning Results in Math and Reading Gains

    Students in schools using personalized learning practices are making greater student achievement gains in math and reading over the course of two school years and students who started out behind are now catching up.