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Aligning K-12 State Policy with Competency Education

September 2014. This CompetencyWorks brief provides an introduction to competency education with a snapshot of states’ policies regarding competency education. The report notes how states are advancing competency-based learning, and it describes eight ways that states can upgrade their policies.


Aligning K-12 Federal Policy with Competency Education

September 2014. This CompetencyWorks brief provides an introduction to competency education and insight into how federal policy can remove barriers and catalyze competency education. The report provides a snapshot of competency-based state policy throughout the U.S., and it explains what individual states are doing to advance competency education.


Fast Facts about Online Learning

October 2013. Explore the latest data concerning online and blended learning, enrollment, access, courses, and key policies indicators. Review online learning statistics, trends, policy issues, and iNACOL strategic priorities. Obtain a snapshot view of state funding models for both full-time and supplemental online learning programs. Examine this resource now to stay connected with the most recent facts…


Statement of Principles for Model Legislation in States

July 2012. Globally, the highest performing nations have competency-based education systems – not systems based on seat time. iNACOL believes in student-centered learning and makes policy recommendations based on doing what is right for kids to have greater access to a world-class education. Authors of this report encourage legislators to adopt the following principles into their education…

Author: iNACOL

Organization: iNACOL

Type: Handout

Topics: Policy


Online Learning: Top 5 Federal Policy Issues

March 2012. iNACOL released this policy brief providing federal legislators with background information and concrete, actionable recommendations on 5 key issues within student-centered, competency-based education. Online Learning: Top 5 Federal Policy Issues advocates for the following key policy takeaways: Base accountability on individual student growth models to support student-centered, competency-based learning. Support performance-based systems of assessments. Support…

Author: iNACOL

Organization: iNACOL


iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses (v2)

October 2011. This report provides states, districts, online programs, and other organizations with a set of quality guidelines for: Online course content Instructional design Technology Student assessment Course management. These standards are guidelines for districts and organizations implementing blended or online learning, to ensure a high-quality education for all students. The standards should be modified to meet local needs,…


iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Teaching (v2)

October 2011. This report provides states, districts, online programs, and other organizations with a set of quality guidelines for online teaching. Districts and organizations can use these standards, adapted for local needs, to design professional development and for the evaluation of online teachers. These standards indicate what online teachers should know and be able to do, and what online teachers…


The Online Learning Definitions Project

October 2011. The Online Learning Definitions Project is designed to provide states, districts, online programs, and other organizations with a set of definitions related to online and blended learning in order to develop policy, practice, and an understanding of and within the field. The initiative began with a thorough literature review of existing definitions, followed by a…

Author: iNACOL

Organization: iNACOL


K-12 Online Learning: A Smart Investment NOW More than Ever

June 2011. In times of great economic challenge, citizens look to policymakers for solutions that lay the foundation for a brighter tomorrow. In K-12 education, one of the most promising and cost-effective solutions is quality online learning. Many states have made an important initial investment in online learning. Since every dollar spent this year must count even…

Author: iNACOL

Organization: iNACOL


How to Start an Online Learning Program: A Practical Guide to Key Issues and Policies

June 2011. Starting an online learning program is a daunting task, which often can be overwhelming. The information and resources provided here have been compiled and organized to help you feel less overwhelmed. The majority of content on this site is intended for program administrators — the people that are either investigating the possibility of creating an…

Author: iNACOL

Organization: iNACOL