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Blending Learning: The Evolution of Online and Face-to-Face Education from 2008–2015

July 2015. In 2008, iNACOL produced a series of papers documenting promising practices identified throughout the field of K–12 online learning. Since then, we have witnessed a tremendous acceleration of transformative policy and practice driving personalized learning in the K–12 education space. State, district, school, and classroom leaders recognize that the ultimate potential for blended and online […]


Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

June 2015. Competency education, an educator-led reform, is taking root in schools and districts across the country. In some states, state leadership has cleared the path with policies to advance competency education, while others are transitioning with little or no supporting policy. At the same time, innovative school models are popping up all over the United States, […]


Performance-Based Funding & Online Learning: Maximizing Resources for Student Success

March 2015. The focus of this report is on performance-based funding in online learning programs. There is a new conversation taking place in public education on creating systemic incentives through school finance to encourage schools to innovate and be rewarded for positive student outcomes and performance. What if education funding was not based on seat-time, but on […]


Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts

March 2015. In May 2014, CompetencyWorks brought together twenty-three technical assistance providers to examine their catalytic role in implementing next generation learning models, share each other’s knowledge and expertise about blended learning and competency education, and discuss next steps to move the field forward with a focus on equity and quality. Our strategy maintains that by building […]


Laying the Foundation for Competency Education: A Policy Guide for the Next Generation Educator Workforce

October 2014. This report provides an overview of how competency-based learning can provide the skills and training necessary to develop a next generation workforce. The paper discusses the new skills that educators will need, policy shifts that will need to occur, pre-service and credentialing, professional development, and evaluation. They provide case studies, including Western Governors University Teachers […]


Access and Equity for All Learners in Blended and Online Education

October 2014. Equity in education has been a basic tenet of public education in the United States, made explicit by civil rights legislation throughout the years. Unfortunately, legislation alone does not guarantee that all students will be provided with the access and equity necessary to take full advantage of the educational opportunities all students are entitled to. […]


iNACOL Blended Learning Teacher Competency Framework

October 2014. In recent years there has been a dramatic rise in interest and early adoption of blended learning to improve the educational experiences of students. A great amount of work has been done to codify approaches, with tools and resources emphasizing the structural components of new models, such as the configuration of physical learning space, use […]


An International Study in Competency Education: Postcards from Abroad

October 2014. An International Study in Competency Education: Postcards from Abroad seeks to highlight components of competency education in international practice, to inform US policymakers and decision makers seeking to implement high-quality competency pathways at the state or local level. Other countries are studying our innovations, and we are studying theirs. This report first reviews the definition […]


The iNACOL State Policy Frameworks: 5 Critical Issues to Transform K-12 Education

October 2014. Over the last decade, the American education system has seen unprecedented transformation of teaching and learning as educators have grasped the power of new learning models to close achievement gaps and extend access to high-quality learning opportunities. The next few years hold great potential to continue the incredible progress we have achieved—with new learning models […]

Author: Maria Worthen, Susan Patrick

Organization: iNACOL

Type: Report

Topics: Policy


Course Access: Equitable Opportunities for College and Career Ready Students

October 2014. Imagine a high school student who does not have the opportunity to take all of the courses she needs to get into college. Today, for far too many young people, this is a sobering reality. Public schools around the country may lack the resources, staff, or demand to offer a full catalog of courses. According […]

Author: Maria Worthen, Susan Patrick

Organization: iNACOL