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Learner Variability Survey

learner variabilityExcerpt from Learner Variability Is the Rule, Not the Exception by Barbara Pape,” Digital Promis Global, May 21, 2019:

Learner variability is the young person who lives in poverty, or is learning to speak
English and may not yet have the background knowledge to enable comprehension of a reading passage. Or, the student who already has the skills to excel at a pace beyond the curriculum and is bored because traditional methods of instruction do not engage her or meet her needs. It is the student who has experienced trauma in a single event or on a day-to-day basis. Learner variability is the learner whose learning difference, color, ethnicity, or gender makes them susceptible to stereotype threat and low expectations. It’s the learner with working memory, decoding, or
attention challenges who retreats into silence or acts unruly out of fear they will be asked a question they are not yet ready to answer…p. 3

Digital Promise is currently developing a follow-up survey that will provide an even deeper understanding and more context on Learning in the 21st Century.

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