This blog post first appeared on CompetencyWorks on June 21, 2016. Ensuring quality and equity is as the heart of the movement to transform education toward personalized, competency-based learning. By placing the student at the center of the learning process and re-engineering around learning, pace and progress (rather than time, curriculum delivery and sorting), we can create […]
This blog post first appeared on CompetencyWorks on June 20, 2016. When learning is done on a deeper level, it takes longer to accomplish. Thus, learning experiences that allow students to delve into topics and apply their skills are often more complex to design. Schools must think about how they are structuring learning within the […]
This blog post first appeared on CompetencyWorks on June 15, 2016. In order to create an equitable education system, we need to reduce the predictive value of race, gender, class, and disability in the classroom. In the blaming culture of the traditional educational system, we point to children or their families as the problem when students aren’t […]
There is an incredible window of opportunity for state policymakers with the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). States now have the flexibility to engage in conversations with local communities to reimagine the future of education and redefine what student success looks like. What do we want our students to know and be […]
ESSA’s Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority pilot program represents a significant opportunity for states to design student-centered education systems that improve equity by personalizing education for all students. We hope the Department considers these recommendations as it designs a pilot program that encourages innovation and quality implementation. In recent years, we have witnessed an increasing number […]
There was an interesting announcement from the Fordham Foundation to launch a design competition for Next Generation Accountability models. The Fordham competition made me think – what if states launched their own “Next-Gen Accountability” design competitions? Ask local districts, school leaders, educators, community activists, parents and even students to engage in a design for next […]
As a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) progresses in Congress, there is an opportunity to reshape federal assessment requirements around student-centered learning. The current ESEA requires states to base accountability for schools on end-of-year, summative testing that only provides an “autopsy” of learning and will not drive the system toward transformation, […]
As the reauthorization process continues for a next generation Elementary and Secondary Education Act, we urge Members of Congress in both the House and Senate to continue to work together on collaborative solutions to transform K-12 education with personalized, competency-based learning pathways for every student. Passage of the bill out of the committee today is […]
Recently, I was asked about starting a conversation on how a new accountability system might work.
In the New Year, I was able to travel to Edmonton – the capital of Alberta, Canada – to visit schools and meet with educators, education leaders and public officials as part of a delegation from the United States.