Blended Learning Initiative Evaluation
About the Blended Learning Initiative (BLI)
Blended learning is defined as students receiving instruction in part from a teacher and in part from an online delivery of content where students have some control over time, path, or place. In SDP, 39 schools participated in the Blended Learning Initiative in 2017-18 (these schools applied to receive Chromebooks to use as part of either a rotation or a la carte model) with a total of 238 teachers using 11 different blended learning vendors as part of the initiative.
About the Evaluation
ORE monitored implementation through surveys of teachers and principals and program usage data from vendors. In 2016-17, ORE focused on whether schools received necessary supports to implement blended learning, including training. In 2017-18, ORE will also look at potential outcomes on student achievement and will summarize results in a report in fall 2018.
In 2016-17, ORE found that most teachers were not able to meet the recommended implementation targets for student usage of the rotation programs. While teachers and principals reported accessing the data provided by the vendor programs, teachers generally did not use the data for grouping students or differentiating instruction (a key part of the blended learning model).
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