New Set of ‘Proof Points’ Case Studies Details Nationwide Success of Blended Learning

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Research by Evergreen Education Group and the Christensen Institute shows positive impact of blended learning on student achievement

The Evergreen Education Group and the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation today released the final set of case studies in their series Proof Points: Blended Learning Success in School Districts, which provides first-of-its-kind data around schools implementing blended learning. The case studies examine 12 schools districts nationwide that have integrated blended learning into their curricula to boost student achievement.

The study examined 12 districts with diverse geography, demographics, district sizes, and assessment demands. Despite the unique circumstances of each district, the case studies show that blended learning has had a positive impact on student achievement using a number of measures, including graduation rates, benchmark test scores and state assessments.

“It’s important to examine those leading the way with blended learning,” says Michael Horn, co-founder and executive director of education at the Christensen Institute. “Understanding how they have achieved their results is critical to helping other districts realize success.”

The final six studies in the series examine the following innovative districts:

  • District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, D.C., has redesigned 17 schools to incorporate blended learning, and since doing so, has recorded extensive and well-studied student gains in math and reading on district-wide assessments and the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
  • Enlarged City School District of Middletown, Middletown, NY, utilized a Race to the Top grant to implement blended learning programs that helped its elementary schools improve in reading and math.
  • Hamilton County Community Unit School District, McLeansboro, Ill, established blended learning in both of its elementary schools. Students in blended learning classrooms are outperforming those in traditional classrooms on benchmark assessments.
  • Horry County Schools, Conway, SC, began its blended learning initiative, called the Personalized Digital Learning program, in the fall of 2013. Since implementing the blended program, middle school student scores in math and reading have improved.
  • Mooresville Graded School District, Mooresville, North Carolina, employs technology in ways that improve teaching and learning through increased student engagement, including the use of blended learning. For the 2013–14 school year, the district was rated number one in North Carolina for meeting the state’s targets for proficiency and other measures.
  • Washington County School District, St. George, Utah, launched blended learning programs by leveraging digital assets from its Utah Online School to boost graduation rates.

Previous case studies profiled districts in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Tennessee. The full series is available at http://www.kpk12.com and http://www.christenseninstitute.org/proof-points.

About the Evergreen Education Group
Evergreen Education Group is a digital learning research and advisory company and has been widely recognized as a leading authority for market and policy intelligence in the K-12 digital learning field. We deliver digital learning-related insight to the industry and are the publishers of the annual report Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning, national reports on the digital learning landscape, and state-level reports. Evergreen is a valuable partner to legislators, state boards of education, state education agencies, non-profit organizations, publishers and many companies serving the K-12 education industry. Evergreen was founded in 2000 and is based in Colorado.

About the Clayton Christensen Institute
The Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation (http://www.christenseninstitute.org) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving the world through disruptive innovation. Founded on the theories of Harvard professor Clayton M. Christensen, the Institute offers a unique framework for addressing complex social issues like education and health care.

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