Personalized Learning in Massachusetts

Personalized learning seeks to accelerate student learning by tailoring the instructional environment – what, when, how and where students learn – to address the individual needs, skills and interests of each student.

Within a framework of established curriculum standards and high expectations, personalized learning motivates students to reach their goals. Students take ownership of their own learning and develop deep, personal connections with each other, their teachers and other adults.

Technology is necessary to implement personalized learning effectively, affordably, and at significant scale. Teachers leverage technology to gain detailed and timely knowledge of their students that guides instruction. Effective use of technology allows teachers and students to focus more on creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.


Personal Connections: supporting deep personal connections between students, teachers and other adults


Personal Learning Pathways: motivating students to reach their goals and allowing them to take ownership of their learning

stepsCompetency-based Progression: working within a framework of curriculum standards and high expectations


Learner Profiles: allowing teachers to gain detailed and timely knowledge of students and to use data to guide instruction


Flexible Learning Environments: maintaining high flexibility in the what, when, how, and where of learning


Technology: allowing all of the above to be implemented effectively, affordably, and at scale