'Centered on Results: Assessing the Impact of Student-Centered Learning'

'Centered on Results: Assessing the Impact of Student-Centered Learning'

Student-centered learning — personalized, competency-based learning that incorporates the student's own interests and skill sets and encourages students to take ownership — has meaningful positive effects on student achievement and engagement, a report from the finds. The report, (16 pages, PDF), highlights three evaluations of student-centered practices in secondary schools, including blended instruction, in which students combine online courses with in-person support and experiential learning; techniques designed to encourage students to use mathematical reasoning to understand the "why" as well as the "how" and to make connections among mathematical concepts and real-world concepts; and linking rigorous academics with workplace learning. The studies also found that student-centered learning practices are most successful when they are supported by a strong school-wide vision, a focus on relationships, investment in staff and school leadership, and rigorous, relevant, and engaging instruction that holds each student to a high standard.