Recent iNACOL report reveals the value of blended learning for better assessing student success
Depending upon when you attended elementary school, you might recall with fondness (along with Pogs) the 3 Rs. Flash forward a generation, education systems have taken a giant leap towards adapting to new technology, new student behavior, and new outcomes for success. In fact, technology-enabled blended learning in K12 has become one of the guiding factors in driving improvements in education systems to provide better student outcomes. This recent report from iNACOL outlines some of the key principles that are redefining what student success looks like. Here are a few of the highlights that we think stand out and should be shouted out.
New Legislation Transforms Education Systems
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) attempts to meet the individual needs of every student by addressing the long-term career and life goals of each student. New authority has been given to state leaders seeking to make real changes to the system, which can directly affect the educational outcomes of students. With a real-world approach, schools will now be able to focus resources on helping their students better reach post-secondary education or at least be better prepared for whatever career or life path they choose after graduating from high school. This has opened the door for educational organizations to consider new ways to help improve the system, including Competency Based Education (CBE) and blended learning in K12.
A Turn Towards the Proficiency-based Diploma
By enabling students to demonstrate their mastery of competencies in a more personalized way, these students have a higher chance for success. And with online classroom technologies, students and teachers have a channel that encourages continuous feedback and assessment. By embracing blended learning, K12 educators can direct attention to students who might be at risk of lagging behind, while still providing challenging content to them and each member of the class.
How Blended Learning in K12 Promotes Student Success
One of the main takeaways from the report is how traditional methods for assessing student success have not produced the highest value results. In fact, many students aren’t graduating high school with neither the basic skills (those 3 Rs again), nor the readiness for college, career or civic life. To better align student success with curriculum, instruction and assessment, a competency based model is positioned to become the preferred method for delivering on the promise of an accessible education. And of course, a Learning Management System (LMS) sits at the center, providing the tools needed to reach and engage every learner.
This all speaks towards the larger shift in education philosophy, and redefining what student success can actually look like. What are you doing to support this change? What would you like to see done? What technology can you see becoming drivers of change in the decade to come? We’d love to hear what you have to say.