New book on diversity in schools: does it work?

From the Washington Post: 

It might seem to be a less-than-realistic plan: Put nearly 200 preteens in one large classroom space and expect each of them, with the help of laptops and a few teachers, to learn math at his or her own pace.

But that arrangement is at the core of a new instructional approach that one of the District’s lowest-performing middle schools adopted this fall.

Pioneered in New York and expanding to other cities, “Teach to One” puts a computer algorithm in charge of figuring out what each child needs to learn and do each day, a design meant to ensure that students master one concept before moving onto another.

“If it works like we think it will, it’ll be a game-changer,” said D.C. schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson of the new program at Hart Middle School in Southeast Washington, where less than 30 percent of students are proficient in math.

This is the leading edge of the larger “blended learning” movement that many reformers think could transform education in the United States, harnessing technology to help teachers deliver personalized lessons to every child.

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