Project-Based Learning and
Academic Performance:
Comparing Schools that Implement
Defined Learning PBL
to Schools that Do Not

Research indicates that students who engage in PBL perform better on both standardized and local assessments than students in traditional direct instructional programs and that they develop both real-world application of skills (Yuliana et al., 2018) and analytical thinking (Boaler, 1999). 

This new study by MIDA Learning Technologies examines the effect of the project-based learning
(PBL) — specifically, PBL using DL — on elementary students’ reading and mathematics growth scores.

Download the Research on PBL's Impact on Academic Performance

Success Stories



The collection of performance tasks developed by Defined Learning supports the UbD framework for curriculum, instruction and assessment. Through the utilization of ‘real world’ performance tasks and related resources, teachers engage their students in meaningful learning and authentic assessment – and that is the best preparation for the world outside of school.

Jay McTighe