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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: Handout

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.…


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

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…


An Overview of K-12 Competency-Based Education for Education Leaders and Teachers

April 2017. Educators across the country have started to realize the promise of competency-based education as a new structure to organize districts and schools, designed to help students successfully master skills at each step, year after year, by ensuring they advance after they demonstrate proficiency. The concept behind competency education is simple: learning is best measured by students demonstrating…


The potential of personalized learning for communities

What’s Possible with Personalized Learning? An Overview of Personalized Learning for Schools, Families & Communities

February 2017. This paper is designed to inform schools, families and communities about the potential of personalized learning. This report describes why personalized learning matters and shows what personalized learning looks like in schools for teachers and for students.   Through case studies, this paper illustrates what personalized learning looks like in practice, provides examples of teachers…