Results from the second year of the Riley Institute’s three-year study on project-based learning in TransformSC schools are in.
The primary takeaway after Year Two is that PBL students have increased mastery of soft skills, like collaboration and perseverance, with no loss in achievement scores. Parents, students and teachers confirmed that PBL increased student engagement, application of learning and the ability to work with others.
PBL programs at the schools participating in the study were at the early-to-mid-range phase in implementation during the 2015-2016 academic year, when the study began.
Challenges discovered during thus far include the critical need for fully-developed projects and standards incorporation, the lack of community involvement and low teacher collaboration levels.
The 2017-2018 academic year is the final year for this study.