Early Progress: Interim Report on Personalized Learning (RAND)

Interim Report on Personalized Learning


This interim report from the RAND Corporation is the first in what will be a series of research reports based on an ongoing long-term study of foundation-funded schools that are using a variety of approaches to personalized learning. Although the early results are encouraging, the study does not attempt to make claims about which aspects of these schools contributed to the gains in student learning to date.

The foundation commissioned RAND to conduct the ongoing research to:

  • Identify the most promising and important features of these new models;
  • Document the challenges schools face as they implement these models;
  • Learn which components of personalized learning are most critical in the success of these new models of teaching and learning; and
  • Provide a source of independent feedback for the foundation and its school grantees.

The interim findings are promising: students are making significantly greater gains in math and reading over the last two years than a virtual control group made up of similar students at comparable schools. In addition, the concept of personalized learning is still evolving as new models, approaches, and supporting technologies emerge. And many of the early adopting schools appear to be implementing similar practices.

Personalized Learning Interim Findings