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

October 2016. This report provides recommendations for state policymakers to support local and statewide efforts to transform student learning in K-12 education through personalized, competency-based learning. Taken as a whole, the recommendations in this report present a comprehensive state policy approach to support student-centered learning. Under the new federal K-12 education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act […]


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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 […]


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Promising State Policies for Personalized Learning

May 2016. This report is a valuable resource for state policymakers—whether they are seeking to create conditions in state policy to support personalized learning, moving forward with initiatives to develop personalized learning pilot programs, hosting task forces to explore policy issues and needs, or taking a comprehensive policy approach for supporting advanced personalized learning models. Personalized learning […]


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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. 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 […]


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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 […]