One of our first Freakonomics Radio podcasts was about an innovative New York City Department of Education pilot program called School of One. You can listen to the podcast here, but here’s the gist: “The School of One tries to take advantage of technology to essentially customize education for every kid in every classroom and help teachers do their job more effectively. “
• Teach to One students started the 2012-13 academic year significantly below national averages
• The average gains of Teach to One students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades surpassed those made by students nationally by ~20%. The researchers said this is particularly noteworthy since participating schools would likely not have scored at the national average without Teach to One.
• The average gains of Teach to One students in most demographic sub-groups outperformed national norms
• Teach to One students who started with the weakest mathematics skills made the greatest gains—50 percent higher than the national average.