Evidence of PBL's Impact on Student Outcomes

Research indicates that students who engage in project-based learning (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 and analytical thinking. 

This study by MIDA Learning Technologies examines the effect of PBL— specifically, PBL using Defined Learning — on elementary students’ reading and mathematics growth scores.

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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