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

January 2018. 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…


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

December 2017. 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…


Redefining Student Success: Profile of a Graduate

November 2017. 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…


Redesigning Systems of Assessments for Student-Centered Learning

November 2017. This issue brief explores opportunities for states under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to rethink systems of assessments, and provides recommendations for state policymakers who are ready to support student-centered teaching and learning. Assessment is essential for understanding what students have learned and for providing transparency and fairness when it comes to certifying mastery…

Type: Issue Brief

Topics: Policy


Charting the Course for the Next Phase of K-12 Competency-Based Education

November 2017. K-12 education in the United States and across the world is at a turning point. The steady march towards equality and justice within our country has changed the context for our education system. At the same time, rapid and unpredictable changes in society and culture have created new expectations for education, changing what we need…


Quality and Equity by Design: Charting the Course for the Next Phase of Competency-Based Education

October 2017. This publication seeks to advance K-12 competency education along four key issues: quality, equity, meeting students where they are, and policy. K-12 education in the United States and across the world is at a critical point in its evolution, and the demand for competency education has never been greater. The four key issues outlined in…


2017 iNACOL Annual Membership Meeting

October 2017. View this archived webinar for an overview of iNACOL’s current and future work, strategic plan, initiatives as well as reflections on the field. The iNACOL team will provide updates on federal and state policy, share developments from CompetencyWorks, highlight recent research and publications, and discuss highlights related to the upcoming iNACOL Symposium. Instead of hosting…


Redefining Student Success in K-12 Education: Getting Started with “Profile of a Graduate” Conversations in Your Schools and Communities

September 2017. In this era of flexibility under ESSA, it is critical to re-engage in deep conversations around the purpose of public education with communities, parents, districts and states and develop a 21st century definition of student success. What are the processes and steps to engage in meaningful and ongoing conversations with communities, parents and educators to…

Author: Ken Kay, Susan Patrick

Organization: EdLeader21, iNACOL

Type: Webinar


Competency Education: A Reflection on the Field and Future Directions

August 2017. Schools and districts across the United States are realizing the promise of competency-based education – transforming the culture and structure of the traditional time-based system into one that is designed to help every student succeed. View this archived webinar to hear CompetencyWorks co-founders and competency-based education experts Susan Patrick and Chris Sturgis reflect on the current state of…


An Introduction to the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education

June 2017. This paper provides an overview of the goals of the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education, the four papers that form the basis of discussion at the Summit, and a glossary of terms used in the four papers. CompetencyWorks is hosting the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education in Denver, Colorado on June 21-23, 2017.…