iNACOL Center for Policy Advocacy

The iNACOL Center for Policy Advocacy leads the multi-stage evolution of policy necessary for the growth of effective personalized learning models toward the goals of high quality, equity, access and dramatically improving student learning to close the achievement gap and ensure every student has access to high-quality, world-class learning opportunities. To achieve this, iNACOL:  

  • Provides lawmaker education and technical assistance on issues analysis and policy development;
  • Responds to requests for support from policymakers and practitioners in the field;
  • Develops the vision of the future of education through transformational policy for systems; and
  • Builds knowledge on policies to support student-centered, competency-based, personalized learning.

Policy actions are needed to drive the transformation of K-12 education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all.

Presented here are iNACOL’s 2019 policy priorities, an equity-driven and future-focused set of state and federal policy recommendations, informed by the learning sciences and lessons learned from studying highly effective education systems from other countries.

These policy priorities, designed to ensure the nation’s education system is fit for purpose, are intentionally constructed to move states forward from their current state of education to future systems capable of preparing all graduates with the knowledge, abilities and dispositions necessary to achieve success, to contribute to their communities and to advance our society.

2019 State Policy Priorities


Transform U.S. Education Systems

  • Redefine student success to ensure students are prepared for college, career and civic life with the knowledge, skills and mindsets for healthy and prosperous futures.
  • Create meaningful qualifications that are based on mastery, rather
    than seat time.

Rethink Accountability & Assessment


Build Capacity by Investing in People


Create System Coherence & Innovate

2019 Federal Policy Priorities


Prepare Educator Leaders for the Future


Expand the Innovative Assessment Pilot


Leverage Resources and Align for Postsecondary Transitions

  • Target funding within the reauthorized Perkins Career and Technical Education Act to encourage alignment of programs with personalized pathways and competency-based approaches across K-12, higher education and the workforce.

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