Rocketship Education, a network of free, public charter schools in San Jose, Calif., is setting an example for blended learning with its successful combination of traditional classroom learning and personalized online tutoring. Most Rocketship students qualify for free or reduced lunch, but their academic achievement is on par with that of nearby affluent suburbs. The reason for Rocketship's success is unknown, and "opens up many more questions," said Dan Humphrey, associate director of SRI's Center for Education Policy, an independent, nonprofit research institute.

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