Blended Learning: Evolution and Strategy in DC Public Schools

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1 April 4, 2014 Blended Learning: Evolution and Strategy in DC Public Schools District of Columbia Public Schools 1200 First Street, NE Washington, DC T F dcps.dc.gov

2 Who We Are We are 47,000 students. We are 4,000 teachers. We are 111 principals. We are 2,300 classroom aides, social workers, counselors, custodians, and other support staff. Year 3 of ELA Common Core Year 2 of Math Common Core District of Columbia Public Schools 2

3 District of Columbia Public Schools 3

4 DCPS Blended Learning Evolution Blended Learning Prior to 2011 No dedicated central staff No vision or coordination No implementation support Limited data collection Limited program evaluation Limited fidelity to models Limited professional development Inconsistent program use Inconsistent resource use Isolated good examples Blended Learning Potential Technology Refresh Plan Literacy and STEM Visions A Capital Commitment Philanthropic Investments Modernization Plan Comprehensive Blended Learning Strategy District of Columbia Public Schools 4

5 Blended Learning Strategy DCPS has three implementation strategies for blended learning 1. Seeding innovation across the city 2. Developing blended feeder patterns 3. Strengthening existing instructional models District of Columbia Public Schools 5

6 Seeding Innovation Support Risk Taking Building and district level Professional development Education Innovation Fellowship (CityBridge) Education Elements Evaluation of tools Budgeting Evaluation of data District of Columbia Public Schools 6

7 Developing Blended Feeder Patterns Results from Teach To One, used at Hart Middle School District of Columbia Public Schools 7

8 Strengthening Existing Instructional Models District of Columbia Public Schools 8

9 Data Highlight: ST Math and the DC-CAS 20.0% 18.0% 16.0% 14.0% 12.0% 10.0% 8.0% 6.0% 4.0% 2.0% 0.0% Increase in Average % Proficient/Advanced 2012 to % 17.4% District Overview Expansion from 31 schools to 45 schools, and from grades 3-5 to grades 1-5. Schools have created schedules to meet usage benchmarks (50% completion before state test). ST Math content is aligned to DCPS elementary math scope and sequence documents. District of Columbia Public Schools 9

10 Data Highlight: Lexia and Grade-Level Growth District Overview Started as a pilot in SY % of students selected for Lexia use were reading two years or more below grade level at the beginning of the school year. Lexia is used primarily in stations/centers during the ELA block. District of Columbia Public Schools 10

11 Data Highlight: Lexia and DIBELS MOY DIBELS Performance by BOY DIBELS and Lexia Usage Levels BOY DIBELS Well Below Benchmark Low-Level Lexia Usage (n = 289) Moderate-Level Lexia Usage (n = 221) 76% 84% 11% 15% 5% 9% High-Level Lexia Usage (n = 54) 76% 13% 11% BOY DIBELS Below Benchmark Low-Level Lexia Usage (n = 108) Moderate-Level Lexia Usage (n = 83) 22% 22% 31% 47% 47% 31% High-Level Lexia Usage (n = 49) 16% 31% 53% Low-level usage: < 1 month Moderate-level usage: 1-2 months High-level usage: 3-4 months % in MOY DIBELS Performance Level Well Below Benchmark Below Benchmark Benchmark Key Takeaways 24% of students who scored Well Below Benchmark on overall DIBELS in the beginning of year and used Lexia for 3-4 months moved up at least one performance level by mid-year, as compared to 16% of peers who used Lexia for less than a month. 53% of students who scored Below Benchmark on overall DIBELS in the beginning of year and used Lexia for 3-4 months moved up to Benchmark level by mid-year, as compared to 31% of peers who used Lexia for less than a month. District of Columbia Public Schools 11

12 System-wide Successes DCPS had the greatest percentage of proficient students and the greatest percentage of advanced students in the history of the CAS (DC s state test) All subgroups have shown gains since 2007 and nearly all are at all-time highs DCPS students showed greater gains on the NAEP than any other urban school districts in every grade and every subject DC saw the greatest growth of any state in the nation on the NAEP 78% of our student like their school We have seen back-to-back enrollment increases for the first time in over 40 years District of Columbia Public Schools 12

13 Plans for Blended Learning DCPS is looking ahead to school year and beyond to further its blended learning work in the following ways: Portfolio Management Expand portfolio in content areas while continuing to focus, support, and evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs. Feeder Expansions Build continuous blended learning experiences in K-12. Coaching Build technology instructional coaching in schools with learning cycles for teachers based on classroom data and technology integration. District of Columbia Public Schools 13

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