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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…


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…


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.…


In Search of Efficacy: Defining the Elements of Quality in a Competency-Based Education System

June 2017. This paper seeks to identify what makes up the structures of a competency-based system and launches an exploration of what we might ask or see in a competency-based district and school that would be identified as high quality. This paper explores three questions related to defining what high quality means in a competency-based district or…


In Pursuit of Equality: A Framework for Equity Strategies in Personalized, Competency-Based Education

June 2017. This paper seeks to unpack the concept of equity, review key equity strategies that have been developed to serve historically underserved students, and offer an initial framework to launch discussion at the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education. In this paper, three important concepts are introduced: 1.  A definition of educational equity to guide the…


Meeting Students Where They Are

June 2017. This paper, written by a team from 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 personalized, competency-based systems of education. It is organized around three driving questions: 1. How do we know where students are? 2. What do we…


Insights on Advancing Competency Education in New England

January 2017. Competency education is expanding across the country as a means to ensure all students are mastering the skills and knowledge to be successful in college, career and civic life. This webinar draws on lessons learned and insights from leaders and policymakers in New England and is intended for district leadership and policymakers seeking to introduce…


Assessments and Grading for Teachers in K-12 Competency-Based Systems

December 2016. Schools and districts are making the transition to competency-based education to create a more equitable system that gives all students the skills they need for postsecondary life. Competency-based systems of assessment provide rich, ongoing opportunities for students to develop a growth mindset. This webinar provides answers to questions such as: How do teachers design and…