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In Utah, personalizing learning by focusing on relationships

The Hechinger Report

The high school graduation rate in Utah’s Juab School District was 78 percent in 2009. Teachers now assess students’ proficiency across four categories: basic, approaching, proficient and advanced. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts High school reform Personalized Learning Rural school

The messy reality of personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

Tammy Kim, for The Hechinger Report. Nearly two decades ago, the reporter Todd Oppenheimer documented the aggressive rise of emerging Silicon Valley technologies — personal computers and the Internet — in the nation’s public schools. Tammy Kim, for The Hechinger Report.

Minnesota has a persistent higher-ed gap: Are new efforts making a difference?

The Hechinger Report

Kelly Field for The Hechinger Report. Kelly Field for The Hechinger Report. Though some programs have helped lower dropout rates and improved graduation rates for students of color, the gap in the percentage of students finishing a degree has barely budged across the 30 community colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and University system. Kelly Field for The Hechinger Report. Kelly Field for The Hechinger Report. System leaders don’t dispute that assessment.

Blended learning proof points showcase district schools

The Christensen Institute

In this case that meant at the fringe of schools—in the advanced classes, foreign languages, and credit and dropout recovery options they couldn’t otherwise offer, for example. We published the first of these reports recently as a series of case studies titled Proof Points: Blended Learning Success in School Districts. The Poudre School District Global Academy opened in 2009 to provide a flexible schooling option.

What healthcare innovators can learn from academic coaches in higher ed

The Christensen Institute

This echoes a 2009 report by Public Agenda for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which found that boredom played a major or minor role in 45% of recent college dropouts’ decisions to leave school. Equally concerning, a 2016 report by PayScale, a compensation data and software provider, revealed that a whopping 50% of surveyed managers feel that recent college graduates are inadequately prepared for full-time work.

Colorado hybrid school taps into personalized learning

eSchool News

Scores for grades 2-8 in math and reading on year-to-year Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments show 140 to 240 percent growth, with the highest scores in grades 6-8—when students typically see a slight decline. Material from a press release was used in this report.