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Are Personalized Learning Environments the Next Wave of K–12 Education Reform?

Launched in 2012, the U.S.Department of Education’s Race to the Top-District (RTT-D) grant program emphasizes personalized learning environments—a new approach to understanding how and where education is delivered, how students learn, and the roles of teachers, parents, and the broader community in supporting students’ academic success.Although auspicious in scale, the reforms proposed by thefirst group of RTT-D grantees to create personalized learning environments will challenge every aspect of the traditional school culture, including what is taught, how it is taught, and where it is taught.