The Skills21 model features a rich combination of (1) digital challenge-based learning courses, (2) high quality professional development, (3) experiential learning events, and (4) the nationally recognized Student Innovation Expo. Through a series of rigorous research studies supported by the US Department of Education and the National Science Foundation, EdAdvance has demonstrated:
- Academic Gains – Students enrolled in the program have shown statistically significant improvements in science academic performance after their first year of involvement.
- 21st Century Skill Mastery – Students have demonstrated higher level of 21st Century skill acquisition when compared to the peers not enrolled in the program.
- STEM College and Career Attitudes – Underserved students report a consistently positive intent to pursue STEM-related college and career pathways.
- Diversity – Students universally report having a positive experience working with students from other districts and rank themselves as competent or highly competent working with students from diverse backgrounds.
STEM21 Academy i3 Final Evidence Report
Education Development Center
Centered On Results, Assessing the Impact of Student-Centered Learning
Nellie Mae Education Foundation, April 2015
Blended Instruction: Exploring Student-Centered Pedagogical Strategies to Promote a Technology-Enhanced Learning Environment
Center for 21st Century Skills at EDUCATION CONNECTION, 2013