Understanding the Implications of Online Learning for Educational Productivity

The purpose of this report is to support administrators and policymakers in becoming informed consumers of information about online learning and its potential impact on productivity. It provides foundational knowledge and a conceptual framework, drawing specifically on cost-effective analyses. Literature suggests 9 ways in which online learning can improve productivity: Broadening access Engaging students in […]

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When Success is the Only Option: Designing Competency-Based Pathways for Next Generation Learning

This paper provides an introduction to competency-based pathways, a necessary condition to realizing the potential of next generation learning. Significantly, this report finds that competency-based pathways are re-engineering our education system around learning – creating a system where failure is no longer an option. Look for other papers in this series, and review this report […]

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Online and Blended Learning: Case Studies from K-12 Schools around the World

K-12 education is in the throes of a worldwide revolution. The goal is to better prepare students for the challenges of a world that is rapidly changing – economically, demographically and technologically. These changes have already forced widespread rethinking of traditional modes of education, which fall short in providing students with the quality and breadth of […]

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An International Study in Competency Education: Postcards from Abroad

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 […]

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

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 […]

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