State Funding Strategies to Support Education Innovation

This issue brief highlights case studies and action steps for policymakers to deepen their understanding of state funding strategies to support innovation in K-12 education. In order for public schools and districts to effectively plan, launch and scale high-quality, innovative learning models, a focused approach to funding statewide initiatives and for building educator capacity is of […]

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Current to Future State: Issues and Action Steps for State Policy to Support Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

Readiness for college, career and life should be a core purpose of K-12 education. As we shift from an industrial to a knowledge economy, the future workforce will need intellectual and creative capacities to solve problems and collaborate in an increasingly complex world. States and local communities have an opportunity to rethink the definition of […]

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Current to Future State: Issues and Action Steps for State Policy to Support Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

This report provides a roadmap and action steps for state policymakers to catalyze transformational change in K-12 education toward a future vision for systems that ensure success for all students. In this report, iNACOL articulates a vision for the future of K-12 education and offers action steps for state policymakers. Its purpose is to inspire […]

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Fit for Purpose: Taking the Long View on Systems Change and Policy to Support Competency Education

This paper explores and reflects on the issues state policy needs to address in the long-term to support a transformation of K-12 education systems. Personalized learning and competency-based education systems, designed to ensure equity, hold promise to prepare all students for success in college, career and civic life. This report shares strategies for policy to […]

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Rethinking State Accountability to Support Personalized, Competency-Based Learning in K-12 Education

This issue brief shares state policy recommendations and resources for policymakers who are ready to rethink state accountability systems to support student-centered learning.  With the passage of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states gain considerably more authority and autonomy over the design of school accountability systems. This shift in responsibility creates the opportunity […]

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Redefining Student Success: Profile of a Graduate

This policy issue brief provides recommendations for state policymakers to generate a shared vision for student success that prepares all students for college, career and civic life. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states with an unprecedented opportunity to transform K-12 education systems with new flexibility. The new law makes it possible for state leaders […]

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Promising Practices in Next Generation Learning Models for English Language Learners

In schools across the United States, next generation learning models are beginning to transform learning for English Language Learners (ELLs) with personalized, competency-based education. Approaching nearly 5 million students, ELLs make up the fastest growing student group in the U.S. Unfortunately, traditional K-12 systems are often challenged to adequately met these students’ diverse needs. Almost […]

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Next Generation Learning Models for English Language Learners: Promising Practices and Considerations for Teaching and Learning

The purpose of this paper is to highlight the promising practices and trends in personalized learning and competency-based education for English language learner (ELL) students. This paper shares case studies and examples from schools and programs that are currently creating personalized, competency-based learning environments for ELL students. This paper is designed for practitioners, including educators and education […]

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Fit for Purpose: Taking the Long View on Systems Change and Policy to Support Competency Education (DRAFT June 2017)

The purpose of this paper is to explore and reflect on the ideas that state policy needs to address in the long term to support a transformation to competency-based education systems designed to ensure equity so all students can be truly ready for success. We explore threshold concepts (“core concepts, that once understood, are needed […]

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