Last year, the Washington Post's Emma Brown wrote a story titled D.C. Students Test "Teach to One" Learning System that reported that the online instruction program at Hart Middle School cost a million dollars to wire a single classroom. Brown quoted D.C Chancellor Kaya Henderson as saying that the experiment could be a "game changer."
The program put students in classes of 180 where they could use online instruction to work at their own pace. Brown reported that it would take three years before we could see if this new approach could transform the low performing middle school.
It is hard to test an experiment, however, unless the results are reported. Where are the quantitative and qualitative evaluations of Hart's outcomes? In a year when D.C. claims unprescendented gains in its DC-CAS, I wonder whether it is happy with Hart's composite test scores of 28.1 - up just two points.
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