At the present time, there isn’t a significant connection between supportive or unsupportive research and personalized learning.
Recently, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation studied student growth at schools that have implemented personalized learning. According to the foundation, results varied widely, and most schools showed excellent performance in math and reading scores.
However, very little research shows that personalized learning is actually better than the traditional methods of teaching, says Stanford University professor Larry Cuban, who has studied personalized learning.
“Anyone that says what the research says about personalized learning is either a fool or a charlatan,” Cuban said. “There’s no single best way of teaching kids.”
Harvard University education professor Jason Reich says that this is because the emphasis on some areas of personalized learning can be difficult to measure.
“It’s also possible that they could do a whole lot of things right that wouldn’t necessarily show up in test scores,” Reich said.