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Expeditionary Learning Boosted Reading, Math, Study Finds

A new independent study provides an important affirmation of Expeditionary Learning (EL).  You can read the full report here and a two-page summary here.  Also, a story on the study appeared in Education Week today ("Expeditionary Learning Schools Boosted Reading, Math, Study Finds").  Such strong study results validate the Expeditionary Learning approach  - where intentional focus on citizenship and character are joined with rigorous academic learning. These qualities of teaching and learning that have been the foundation of EL since it was founded 20 years ago are central to meeting today's challenge to develop students who are successful in college, career, and life. It is significant that the Education Week story on these results specifically names critical thinking, problem-solving, project-based learning and deeper learning as distinguishing features of the EL model; many educators across the country beyond Expeditionary Learning schools will celebrate this affirming news.

Based on the impact estimates, the five EL schools increase reading and math significantly on average: 

  • In reading, EL students experience positive impacts that are approximately equal in magnitude to an extra five months of learning growth after two years (.11 standard deviations) or an extra seven months of learning growth after three years (.16 standard deviations).
  • In math, EL students experience positive impacts equal to about an extra three months of learning growth after two years (.09 standard deviations) or 10 months of extra learning growth after three years (.29 standard deviations).

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