2016-2017 Personalized Learning Early Impact Report

Personalized Learning

Summary

Personalized Learning (PL) is a holistic approach to learning, teaching, and school design. PL helps educators and leaders support the unique needs of diverse students and develop students’ personal agency so that every student succeeds and develops the attributes of a DPS graduate. PL is an instrumental strategy to ensure Denver achieves our 2020 Goals to Support the Whole Child, Close Opportunity Gaps, and ensure students are Ready for College and Career. Early findings from six schools piloting PL in 2015 suggest that students in PL environments have higher levels of academic proficiency than their peer groups in non-PL learning environments, and that they outperform district averages across the board. These positive early data are consistent for almost all racial, socioeconomic, and language sub-groups, suggesting that PL can be an effective strategy for closing opportunity and achievement gaps. Baseline data collected from fifteen schools planning or piloting PL in 2016 provide insight into student, teacher, and school level factors that influence PL and student achievement more broadly. These baseline findings will be used in spring 2017 to show how non-academic variables affect student achievement in PL environments, and to suggest district strategies for school, teacher and school support.