There was an interesting announcement from the Fordham Foundation to launch a design competition for Next Generation Accountability models. The Fordham competition made me think – what if states launched their own “Next-Gen Accountability” design competitions? Ask local districts, school leaders, educators, community activists, parents and even students to engage in a design for next […]
As a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) progresses in Congress, there is an opportunity to reshape federal assessment requirements around student-centered learning. The current ESEA requires states to base accountability for schools on end-of-year, summative testing that only provides an “autopsy” of learning and will not drive the system toward transformation, […]
As the reauthorization process continues for a next generation Elementary and Secondary Education Act, we urge Members of Congress in both the House and Senate to continue to work together on collaborative solutions to transform K-12 education with personalized, competency-based learning pathways for every student. Passage of the bill out of the committee today is […]
Recently, I was asked about starting a conversation on how a new accountability system might work.
In the New Year, I was able to travel to Edmonton – the capital of Alberta, Canada – to visit schools and meet with educators, education leaders and public officials as part of a delegation from the United States.
A series of posts focused on Student-centered Accountability 3.0 as a requirement for supporting student-centered learning. (Part 3) The current system of accountability is focused on school accountability – I propose the unit of measure and alignment should be “student learning” accountability. It is focused on assessments for learning, to support students and educators, and […]
How can “Accountability 3.0” — the next generation of K-12 education accountability at the federal level — do a better job of aligning state accountability as a driver of student-centered learning to provide success for each and every student? First, policy requires a shift around real quality assurance and continuous improvement based on student learning […]
A series of posts focused on Student-centered Accountability 3.0 as a requirement for supporting student-centered learning. (Part 1) We must redesign the federal accountability system around student-centered learning, not the tyranny of seat-time. This redesign requires accountability focused and aligned to student learning level and competency education. A new Accountability 3.0 system will focus on […]
New models of instruction and competency- based learning will ensure student success Over the past four years, President Obama has used both his policy and his pulpit in Washington to support education reform at a level that rivals many of his predecessors. He has allowed Administration leaders such as Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Jim […]
On Friday, I submitted the following comments and recommendations regarding the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed ‘Race to the Top’ – District (RTT-D) competition: I am pleased to submit these comments/recommendations related to the ‘Race to the Top’ – District competition on behalf of The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and its more than 4,200 members. […]