ALLENTOWN, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Hybrid Learning Institute (HLI) today released a new report on the effectiveness of blended instruction in its member schools. On average, students in hybrid classes passed state benchmark assessments for academic achievement at a rate 19% higher than students in non-hybrid traditional classes. The report was compiled by Dellicker Strategies, an independent consulting firm that specializes in educational technology and personalized learning.
“For years, schools have been spending millions of dollars on classroom technology with mixed results,” said Kevin Dellicker, President of Dellicker Strategies and consultant to HLI. “This report shows that with careful planning and effective oversight, technology investments can indeed lead to better student performance.”
Hybrid learning is a blended strategy that combines new digital technologies with proven teaching methods to personalize instruction and motivate students to learn. It incorporates multiple classroom methodologies with small group instruction to differentiate instruction and encourage self-paced learning. When implemented with fidelity, hybrid learning has been extremely effective for improving academic performance, with 85% of HLI schools reporting gains in achievement and growth.
Hybrid learning was particularly useful for boosting STEM academics, with hybrid students outperforming traditional students by 22% in math and 61% in science. In secondary schools, hybrid learners passed state exams at a rate 30% higher than traditional learners. And, more than 70% of parents, teachers and students agreed that hybrid instruction was better for developing 21st century skills like working in teams, learning independently and using technology.
Dr. Anthony Grieco, Executive Director of Luzerne Intermediate Unit and member of the HLI, noted that besides improving academic and workplace skills, hybrid learning is extremely popular. More than 80% of teachers and students said they preferred the hybrid environment compared to traditional classroom settings.
“Hybrid learning is no longer just a promising theory,” said Dr. Grieco. “Hybrid learning is an effective and engaging strategy for enhancing student success.”
To access the full report, visit www.hybridlearninginstitute.org/results.
About The Hybrid Learning Institute
The HLI is a national effort to promote, plan and implement promising blended models for student-centric education in mainstream schools. Dellicker Strategies serves as the founder and lead consulting organization: www.dellicker.com. For more information visit: www.hybridlearninginstitute.org.