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Research is on the rise as experts work to discover the most effective ways to bring blended, personalized, and mastery-based learning practices into K-12 classrooms. Implementing evidence-based practices requires multiple stakeholders to take coordinated action, utilizing the knowledge and skills of researchers, education practitioners, administrators, and others from diverse roles across school systems and support organizations. Doing what’s best for students necessitates good research and measurement practice.

The innovative nature of blended learning requires researchers to take an applied view around generating evidence, and implementers must be proactive about seeking the answers they need to do their jobs. Both groups also need to ensure that their expectations for evidence match the maturity of implementation and the length of time required to find some answers. To learn more about measuring blended learning, view our presentation and explore measurement-related Insights from the TLA team, practitioners, and other experts in the field.

Blended Learning Measurement Agenda

The Learning Accelerator has developed a “measurement agenda” which outlines the skills, knowledge, and activities necessary for stakeholders to build our evidence base and advance our collective understanding of blended learning’s effectiveness. The strategies contained in this agenda are primarily focused on the teaching and learning happening at the classroom or school level, and the four parts fit together like puzzle pieces to complete the picture of evidence.

These strategies were developed in partnership with multiple stakeholder organizations.

Four colorful diamond shapes form one large square. The top reads Learning, offset by text that reads: Learning agenda — new things we still need to learn. Another diamond reads Dissemination, offset by text that reads Dissemination goals: What and how we need to share. The bottom diamond reads Competence, offset by text that says: Competency standards: Skills we still need to develop. The final diamond reads Implementation, offset by text that reads Implementation objectives: What we need to do.

Measurement Dissemination Goals

In order for evidence-based practices to benefit students, evidence needs to be clearly and accurately communicated within and across stakeholder groups. Everyone needs to know what the current evidence is, what the implications of current evidence are for decision-making and implementation, and what new questions are being worked on. The measurement dissemination goals outlines strategies that enable the flow of data back and forth between research and practice.

These strategies are supported when:

  • Educators consume evidence and implications in various forms, from various sources, and appropriately apply it to their own students, teachers, and contexts in order to advance understanding of if, when, and how blending learning is effective; and understand if blended learning is meeting their own teaching and learning needs.

  • Researchers share research findings and implications of these findings in various forms, and in ways that allow non-researchers to interpret this evidence appropriately as it applies to their own students, teachers, and contexts.

  • Decision-makers, funders, and others take an evidence-based approach to determining which systems, models, and policies to support in order to best meet their community’s teaching and learning needs.

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