Case Study: Impact of PBL by Defined Learning and Academic Performance

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 was conducted in Fort Wayne Community Schools by MIDA Learning to determine the impact of the Defined Learning project-based learning platform. The study utilizes test score data to determine if there is a difference between schools that recorded high usage of the Defined Learning platform compared to schools with limited or no use of Defined Learning.


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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