Early Progress: Interim Report on Personalized Learning
The RAND Corporation, commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is conducting an ongoing study of schools using personalized learning practices. Personalized learning “is an educational approach in which teachers and schools create systems, tools, and methodologies that tailor instruction to the individual needs, skills, and interests of each student, in an effort to accelerate and deepen learning” (p. 1, from the Executive Summary). In this interim report, initial findings show that students in schools using personalized learning practices are making significantly greater gains in math and reading compared to control groups. The report also discusses next stages of the research, including how future findings should provide insights into how schools using personalized learning practices will impact college- and career-readiness skills.