Across the country, innovative educators and leaders are embracing a shift to student-centered learning and rejecting an outdated, one-size-fits-all K-12 education model. Because this shift holds the potential to close persistent learning gaps, improve equity, and dramatically improve student achievement, forty-two states have adopted policies to enable next generation learning models, waiving seat time requirements, providing credit flexibility, developing proficiency-based diplomas, creating innovation zones and pilots, or initiating a redesign of accountability and assessments.
Despite state progress, outdated federal K-12 education policies still present considerable barriers to widespread adoption of student-centered learning models. However, recent activity in Congress provides potential for federal progress that mirrors the shift in many state policy environments.
The iNACOL Federal Policy Frameworks provide concrete, actionable recommendations for federal policymakers along eight key issues that will be explored in more detail in the following pages:
- Redesign assessment around student-centered learning.
- Rethink accountability for continuous improvement of next generation learning models.
- Modernize educator and leadership development.
- Make personalized learning a cross-cutting grant priority.
- Protect student data privacy and security.
- Invest in new learning models research and development.
- Build robust technology infrastructure and improve broadband.
- Support the development and use of open educational resources (OER).