While many of the concepts and approaches that compromise student-centered learning (SCL) have deep roots in learning theory, the cognitive sciences, and youth and child development, empirical research on SCL’s impact in K-12 classrooms remains limited. To address this gap, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation recently commissioned a series of studies that evaluate the effects of a variety of student-centered practices in secondary schools. "Centered on Results: Assessing the Impact of Student-Centered Learning" outlines the results, which were largely positive, demonstrating meaningful effects on student achievement and engagement. SCOPE's study, Student-Centered Schools: Closing the Opportunity Gap, is featured in the report.
A new book, Global Education Reform: How Privatization and Public Investment Influence Education Outcomes, provides a powerful analysis of these different ends of an ideological spectrum – from market-based experiments to strong state investments in public education.