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What the SAT “Adversity Score” Tells Us about the Need for Personalized, Competency-Based Learning in K-12 Education

Last week, the College Board announced the Environmental Context Dashboard, a new tool to support admissions decisions with a composite score to accompany SAT results that could provide admissions officers with more information about students’ educational and socioeconomic backgrounds. Quickly dubbed the “Adversity Score,” the announcement set off wide-ranging debates in education circles, notably at […]


An Introduction to K-12 Competency-Based Education

Competency-based education, also referred to as mastery-based, proficiency-based or performance-based education, is a system of education designed to equitably ensure all students develop the success skills they will need for college, career and life. This webinar will answer the most frequently asked questions about why competency-based education is important, how it relates to personalization, what […]

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Reflecting on Opportunities to Advance Equity and Student-Centered Learning in Career and Technical Education

Recently, we attended the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) annual National Summit for Educational Equity (NSEE) and had the opportunity to reflect on how to advance equity through partnerships with career and technical education (CTE). According to NAPE, the NSEE “brings together the researchers and practitioners in educational equity to build capacity, knowledge, […]

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65 Years On: A Reflection on Brown v. Board and Educational Equity

Until we get equality in education, we won’t have an equal society. – Justice Sonia Sotomayor Today marks 65 years since the Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, the seminal civil rights ruling outlawing school segregation. Since the ruling, American public school systems have wrestled with how to […]


Reimagining Credentialing in Partnership with Higher Ed

The webinar will begin by setting some policy context about key trends in educator credentialing, before delving into a specific case study of an innovative new Master’s program developed in partnership between online learning leader Southern New Hampshire University and education design lab 2Revolutions. Participants will explore how this program seeks to ensure educators experience […]

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Six Fixes for Proficiency-Based Learning

This blog was originally posted on CompetencyWorks on August 28, 2018.  Two realities almost always arise when we engage in systemic change. First, while the change is framed as universally beneficial, it’s almost always disruptive and frequently gives rise to new and additional concerns. Second, implementation never goes as smoothly as planned. This certainly has happened […]

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States Rethinking Accountability to Support Student-Centered Learning and Innovation

States are using a variety of approaches to innovation in accountability systems. Some are taking a broader perspective to redefine success and rethink measures and school report cards. Some are providing user-friendly tools so that parents can explore school data to find the information that matters most to them. States are also changing the systems […]

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Alexis Chambers

Alexis Chambers is a Policy Associate at iNACOL. Prior to joining iNACOL, Alexis was a Policy Fellow at KnowledgeWorks. Alexis began her career as a high school history teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio. Alexis is very passionate about equity in education and social justice issues. She holds a Master’s degree from American University in Education Policy […]