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Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education

October 2018. This book, developed with input involving practitioners as part of the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education, offers 16 Quality Design Principles to guide the development of competency-based learning with the goal of creating a system in which every student succeeds. While producing high-quality schools certainly requires attention to the structure, policy and operations, it…


Innovation Zones: Creating Policy Flexibility for Competency-Based Personalized Learning (updated August 2018)

August 2018. This issue brief describes what innovation zones are, why they are important and highlights how the following seven states/localities have approached their innovation zones statutes and regulations: Arkansas Colorado Kentucky Minnesota Mississippi New York City North Dakota Innovation zones or districts of innovation help state policy leaders identify outdated policies and regulations that may get…


Levers and Logic Models: A Framework to Guide Research and Design of High-Quality Competency-Based Education Systems

May 2018. Levers and Logic Models: A Framework to Guide Research and Design of High-Quality Competency-Based Education Systems, uses logic model frameworks to convey relationships between essential levers (outcomes, drivers and mediating factors) that inform the design of competency-based education systems and critical components of competency-based practice at four interdependent levels (student experience, professional practice of educators, district…


Meeting Students Where They Are

April 2018. Meeting Students Where They Are, written by Antonia Rudenstine, Sydney Schaef, Dixie Bacallao and Sarah Hakani of reDesign, provides school and district leaders with an in-depth exploration of the relational, pedagogical and structural dimensions of meeting students where they are in K-12 competency-based education systems. Competency-based education models, designed to ensure equity for all students,…


Communication Strategies for Education Leaders Shifting Toward Competency-Based, Personalized Learning

April 2018. View this archived webinar to learn ways to communicate with stakeholders about shifting toward a competency-based and personalized system. Understand emerging national trends from a recent survey and landscape analysis on the best ways to communicate about competency-based and personalized learning, and cater these promising practices to your local context. Presenters: Chris Sturgis, Principal, MetisNet;…


Designing for Equity: Leveraging Competency-Based Education to Ensure All Students Succeed

April 2018. This publication offers equity strategies for personalized, competency-based education to ensure a more equitable K-12 education system. Districts and schools can use the equity principles within this report to develop an equity agenda within their personalized, competency-based systems. Competency-based education systems, designed to ensure all students achieve success, holds promise as a uniquely powerful model…


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…


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…


State Policy & K-12 Competency-Based Education

August 2017. This iNACOL Issue Brief provides an overview of competency-based education, and provides state policy recommendations and resources for policymakers who are ready to enable and support competency education. Competency-based education is a next generation learning model that focuses on all students achieving mastery, preparing them for success in college, careers and civic life. State leaders…


Next Generation Learning Models for English Language Learners: Promising Practices and Considerations for Teaching and Learning

July 2017. The purpose of this paper is to highlight the promising practices and trends in personalized learning and competency-based education for English language learner (ELL) students. This paper shares case studies and examples from schools and programs that are currently creating personalized, competency-based learning environments for ELL students. This paper is designed for practitioners, including educators and education…