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Digital Differentiation & Content Mastery (Not by Grade Level or Age): "This report highlights four exemplary schools that aspire to realize that goal:
• Oakland (CA) Unified School District’s Blended Learning Pilot; • Rocketship Education; • Summit Public Schools; and • Carpe Diem Schools.
While technology has been integrated to the tune of billions of dollars across the U.S., student achievement has stagnated or declined." Basically, a new tool does not improve outcomes. We learn by reading this research report that marrying technology to existing methods does not clear a path to student success. Data-driven instruction, however, can be taken to a whole new level with technology.
Summit, public charter schools in Silicon Valley, in particular, stands out in the report for the manner in which they follow their students through college graduation (or not). This data allowed them to understand their short-comings. The college skills gaps, not identified through State achievement tests, were liken to "swiss cheese". Carpe Diem considers itself a differentiated (DI) instruction model that leverages technology and teachers to individualize instruction for its students. They believe that transcript placement is a real disservice to their students.
The challenge for all these schools is to build an ecosystem that supports breaking out of the factory model into customized student learning according to their own unique needs and interests.