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

May 2016. Learn more about this research in our upcoming webinar. The realities of the 21st-century learner require that schools and educators fundamentally change their practice. “Educators must produce college- and career-ready graduates that reflect the future these students will face. And, they must facilitate learning through means that align with the defining attributes of this generation […]


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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, performance-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 […]


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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 […]


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

November 2015. 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 availability of adaptive digital tools that use data to improve student learning has exploded as technology and innovation advance. The next few years hold […]

Author: Maria Worthen, Susan Patrick

Organization: iNACOL

Type: Report

Topics: Policy


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The iNACOL Federal Policy Frameworks 2015

November 2015. 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the country, innovative educators and leaders are embracing a shift to student-centered learning and rejecting an outdated, one-size-fits-all K-12 education model.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 […]

Author: Maria Worthen

Organization: iNACOL

Type: Report

Topics: Policy


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

September 2015. Our country has been trying to address the graduation crisis in many ways. We are seeing the impact of the efforts to improve graduation rates over the past twenty years including agreement among states to implement a common cohort-based graduation rate, research-based efforts to improve the transition to 9th grade, increased academic and social supports, individualized instruction, effective […]


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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 […]


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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, […]


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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 […]


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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 […]