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Reaching the Tipping Point: Insights on Advancing Competency Education in New England

October 2016. This paper explores K-12 competency-based education policy and practice across six New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. This paper explores the core concepts of competency education, detailing the limitations of the traditional system, and how competency education is designed explicitly for equity and student success. Author Chris Sturgis then dives…


Meeting The Every Student Succeeds Act’s Promise: State Policy to Support Personalized Learning

October 2016. Under the new federal K-12 education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states have a historic opportunity to transform K-12 education toward personalized, student-centered learning. This law represents a marked shift in federal control to states, presenting state and local stakeholders with important opportunities and flexibilities to redefine student success and the goals of…

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Student-Centered Learning: Functional Requirements for Integrated Systems to Optimize Learning

May 2016. Learn more about this research in our archived webinar on this report. This paper illustrates the technical requirements and functionalities that learning management systems need to shift toward student-centered instructional models. This comprehensive framework will help districts and schools determine what systems to use and integrate as they being their journey toward student-centered learning, as well as how…

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Promising State Policies for Personalized Learning

May 2016. The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December 2015, which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), ushered in a historic opportunity to rethink K-12 education across the country.3 The new law allows localities to create systems of assessments that meet students where they are in their learning by…

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Chugach School District: A Personalized, Performance-Based System

March 2016. This paper explores how an Alaskan school district shifted from a traditional K-12 education system to a personalized, competency-based system, embedded in the culture of the community, which led to increased student achievement. Chugach School District (CSD) first implemented competency education over twenty years ago, paving the way in developing a system founded on student…


The iNACOL State Policy Frameworks 2015: 5 Critical Issues to Transform K-12 Education

November 2015. This policy brief highlights opportunities for states to close achievement gaps and enable highly personalized pathways, and provides concrete, actionable recommendations for state policymakers around five key issues: Create Competency-Based Education Systems Improve Student Access and Equity Ensure Quality with Standards and Performance Metrics Modernize Educator and Leader Development Build New Learning Models Infrastructure This…

Author: Maria Worthen, Susan Patrick

Organization: iNACOL

Type: Report

Topics: Policy

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The iNACOL Federal Policy Frameworks 2015

November 2015. The iNACOL Federal Policy Frameworks 2015 provides specific policy recommendations to close persistent learning gaps, improve equity and dramatically increase student achievement. This policy brief provides concrete, actionable recommendations on eight key issues: Redesign assessment around student-centered learning. Rethink accountability for continuous improvement of next generation learning models. Modernize educator and leadership development. Make personalized learning…

Author: Maria Worthen

Organization: iNACOL

Type: Report

Topics: Policy


Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning, 12th Edition

November 2015. This is the 12th annual Keeping Pace report. The digital learning world continues to change significantly each year, but the continued support from sponsors, educators, education agencies, state virtual schools, vendors and others has not faltered. We continue to appreciate these people and organizations and everyone who has helped along the way. The cast of…


Using Online Learning for Credit Recovery: Getting Back on Track to Graduation

September 2015. This research paper illustrates how schools and programs are using online learning to provide credit recovery for students with a wide spectrum of academic needs. The report investigates credit recovery and its impact on today’s students, state and district approaches to providing credit recovery, as well as case studies of exemplar programs and lessons learned.…

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

July 2015. This report explores the development of blended learning from 2008-2015, the evolution of definitions across blended learning models and effective blended instructional strategies grounded in case studies. The paper depicts how schools are implementing blended learning, increasing student engagement and academic success, and using digital content and curricula for data-driven instructional models while empowering youth.…