October 19, 2016

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The evolution of personalized learning in recent years has led to a growing body of data from school systems that have had initiatives in place for at least a few years.
Personalized learning is not sweeping through schools, as some would have you believe. But the trend has now entered the K-12 mainstream, and its expansion is quickening.
The Henry County, Ga., school system refashioned its personalized learning strategy after determining the original plan was overly fixated on the use of technology.
The U.S. Department of Education has given half a billion dollars to districts that embrace the trend, but little research exists on its impact.
The deputy director of the NGLC talks about how personalized learning has evolved and what looms ahead for districts pursuing this approach.
We look at the proliferation of devices in U.S. classrooms that open the possibilities to personalization, and we give a snapshot of how one diverse school district is tracking its personalized learning initiatives.
Interest in pursuing 'personalized learning'—however schools choose to define it—is evident in the language found in the requests for proposals and other solicitations put forward by K-12 systems around the country in recent years.
But the idea that digital tools can benefit students’ social-emotional development is controversial, with critics claiming children are already spending too much time online.
The students said the results that the web app Happify generated for each of them confirmed some thoughts they had about themselves.
Educators are asking tougher questions to sort the real personalized learning potential from the empty promises of some ed-tech products and services.
The trend to individualize education has evolved at a gradual pace, as shown by a look back at some stories from several years ago.
This special report was produced with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Coverage in Education Week of the implementation of college- and career-ready standards and the use of personalized learning is supported in part by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, at www.gatesfoundation.org. Education Week retains sole editorial control over the content of this coverage.

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