Michigan reform district allows students to learn at their own pace
Sept. 21, 2012
- In a move being referred to as "student-centered learning," the chancellor of the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan is planning to improve low-performing schools by doing away with traditional methods and allowing students to progress at their own pace, sans grade levels and letter grades.
- At least 19 small districts, organizations and schools nationwide have adopted versions of this method, and results show that students taught in this manner are as much as 55% more likely to pass their state's standardized test.
- The EAA was created to improve the lowest-performing 5% of Michigan's schools, and the student-centered learning method will take students in what is traditionally Kindergarten through ninth grade and assign them lessons based on their ability, as opposed to their age or grade level.
From the article:
The chancellor of the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan plans to improve the state's lowest performing schools by dumping traditional teaching methods and giving students a learning plan that will allow them to progress at their own pace. And the schools won't use grade levels or letter grades. It's an education shake-up that the EAA calls student-centered learning. ...
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