Author Archives: Doug Mesecar

Personalized Learning Produces Positive Outcomes “The longer students experience personalized learning practices, the greater their growth in achievement,” according to new research by the RAND Corporation.  The report, entitled Continued Progress: Promising Evidence on Personalized Learning, is an important contribution to understanding whether personalized [Read More...]
Findings in Stanford Online School Study Have No Bearing on Blended Learning Biased proponents and opponents of educational technology, charter schools, and educational change will rush to their respective judgements based on a new Online Charter School Study by Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes. Unfortunately, this will obscure what [Read More...]
Teacher, Time and Technology: Building Blocks of Learning from To get the most out of blended learning and personalization, school leaders must not start with blended learning or technology for its own sake, but instead must undertake a careful design process that emphasizes and appropriately prioritizes the [Read More...]
School Data: How Can it Help Students Learn? Originally posted on “Data: what is it good for?”  My daughter’s answer, when I recently asked her this question was, “to keep track of things.” Great answer for an 8-year-old, but unfortunately it captures a still-too-common view that data [Read More...]
Reforming Education Funding To Reward Performance (from Forbes) Most education budgets are based almost entirely on student attendance, not actual outcomes. Current taxpayer spending on K-12 public education — at 5.4 percent of GDP — is likely unsustainable at the system’s present levels of productivity.  A new Colorado [Read More...]
Tie School Funding to Performance: Corbett’s Ready to Learn Plan Would Encourage Improvements Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Governor Tom Corbett’s 2014-15 school budget proposal contains an important provision some observers believe represents a game-changing concept in the struggle to improve the educational outcomes for all students.  With $240 million proposed for the Ready to Learn [Read More...]
Applying Performance-Based Funding To Public Education Executive Summary The purpose of performance-based funding (PBF) is to better align funding for schools with important student outcomes to incent ongoing, improved performance of schools individually and systemically. PBF provides an opportunity to make strategic investments in schools by [Read More...]
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