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Impact Study of the Galt Personalized Learning Model

By Betsy McCarthy, Ying Liu


In 2012, the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District (GJUESD) in Galt, California was selected as one of 16 districts in the United States that received a federal Race to the Top-District grant to improve student learning through a districtwide initiative focused on personalized learning (PL) for students and educators. Located in California’s San Joaquin Valley, Galt has a diverse population of approximately 3,900 students.

To implement the four-year initiative, the district made profound, coordinated changes to district, school, classroom, and out-of-school policies and practices. The efforts coalesced as a unique and integrated strengths-based PL model designed to support every student’s strengths, aspirations, and individual learning needs.

PL, broadly defined, is a system of instructional practices that take into account individual students’ needs and goals. This report describes:

  • A PL model developed by GJUESD
  • The gradual implementation of the model over a 4-year period
  • The results of an impact study focused on measuring its effectiveness

The study used longitudinal student achievement data from district students, along with data from a matched virtual comparison group — that is, a group created using a national database from a widely used assessment vendor — to measure the effect of the intervention on students in the areas of mathematics, reading, and language usage.

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Copyright: 2018
Format: PDF
Pages: 31
Publisher: WestEd