Too many students graduate without the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in college or careers. Diplomas and credits based on seat time often mislead students into thinking they are ready for the challenges of college and careers.
Mastery-based education is grounded in the idea that students should progress when they demonstrate mastery of key content and skills regardless of the time spent in class or even where instruction takes place. Personalized learning tailors a student’s educational experience to meet their unique strengths, interests and needs while empowering students to play greater role in their learning.
Florida’s Pilot Program
In 2016, the Legislature created a five-year pilot program to allow school districts to design and implement personalized learning programs to meet the needs of each student.
This school year, Palm Beach, Pinellas and Seminole County School Districts and P.Y. Yonge Developmental Research School are using one or more of the following strategies to implement personalized learning:
- Personal learning paths that provide students with flexibility, choices of work and multiple opportunities to master the course content.
- Mastery-based progression using scoring rubrics to evaluate a student’s mastery of content.
- Educator-designed classes, schedules and staffing configurations that best meet their students’ individual needs.
- Learner profiles that include the student’s strengths, goals, needs and progress.
- Flexible learning environments that support frequent flexible grouping of students with the support of technology.
Seminole County School District’s PSI High and Pinellas County School District’s Personalized Learning Pathway are examples of personalized learning programs.