Improving Student Learning Outcomes in 2017


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Learning outcomes in the U.S. have stagnated. This year, a set of tools and projects are targeting everyone from policy makers to students, parents and teachers, with the goal of initiating improvement.

Why Does the U.S. Lag Behind?

15% of U.S. 15 year olds are “low performers,” close to the OECD average of 21% but more than twice as high as countries like Estonia, Hong Kong, Japan and more. This lag could be attributed to several factors, including:

  • The international average number of days students spend in school is 193 – two weeks more than in most U.S. states.
  • U.S. students spend less time in the classroom than some other countries.
  • Inadequate access to the internet and other educational tools still plagues many U.S. schools, with 21 million American students still lacking access to digital learning.

Improving Student Learning

These and many other factors could contribute to lackluster learning outcomes in the U.S. One solution may already be lying in the curriculum: music education. Though many states have scaled back on music education spending, research has found that music education can actually improve student concentration and maximize time spent on task. Though not the only solutions, the use of technology and the integration of music education can help students begin the work of catching up.

Today’s Teachers and Tomorrow’s Leaders

As today’s teachers and tomorrow’s education leaders, students and prospective students of the online Master of Music in Music Education program should take notice of efforts to improve student learning outcomes in 2017 and beyond. See important details in the infographic below:

Improving Student Learning Outcomes in 2017

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