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Promising State Policies to Advance Personalized Learning

September 2016. iNACOL published the report Promising State Policies for Personalized Learning to highlight specific state examples of promising policies to support and scale personalized, competency-based learning to close equity and achievement gaps. This executive summary outlines the policies in that report. What Is the Promise of Personalized Learning? Personalized learning can: Dramatically increase equity in education; Facilitate data-rich, powerful…

Promising State Policies to Enable and Scale Personalized Learning

June 2016. What are the promising state policies to scale and enable personalized learning? How can policymakers develop and advance a coordinated set of policies that suits their state’s unique policy landscape and education system? The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) presents a historic opportunity for states to align policy environments to advance powerful,…

Promising State Policies for Personalized Learning

May 2016. The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December 2015, which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), ushered in a historic opportunity to rethink K-12 education across the country.3 The new law allows localities to create systems of assessments that meet students where they are in their learning by…

Next Steps Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

April 2016. The new K-12 federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), gives states increased flexibility over assessment, accountability and use of funding. This represents a marked shift in federal control to states, presenting state and local stakeholders with an important opportunity to redefine what student success looks like and the goals of our nation’s…

Innovation Zones: Creating Policy Flexibility for Personalized Learning

March 2016. This policy issue brief describes what innovation zones are, why they are important and examples of legislative language from various states. Innovation zones or districts of innovation help state policy leaders identify outdated policies and regulations that may get in the way of educators designing innovative learning models. They create space for districts and schools to…

Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning Special Webinar

December 2015. Keeping Pace has been tracking trends in online and blended learning policy and practice for 12 years. In this webinar, John Watson with the Evergreen Education Group and Maria Worthen, iNACOL Vice President for Federal and State Policy, presented the latest findings published in the 2015 report related to online schools, supplemental online programs, district activity,…

The Every Student Succeeds Act—How Will the New Federal K-12 Education Law Support Personalized Learning?

December 2015. On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, Congress passed a bill that reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The education law, called The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) would replace No Child Left Behind and holds significant implications for the field of K-12 education. The bill gives states flexibility to redesign assessments for student-centered learning, to…

Author: Aisha Woodward, Maria Worthen

Organization: iNACOL

Type: Webinar

Topics: Policy

Course Access: Providing Equitable Access to High-Quality Learning Opportunities

November 2015. Course Access provides public school students with expanded course offerings across learning environments from diverse, accountable providers. It is a statewide program through which students can gain equitable access to a variety of courses in a programmatic effort to increase access, quality and equity in public education. School counselors work with students to identify courses that are academically appropriate…

The iNACOL State Policy Frameworks 2015: 5 Critical Issues to Transform K-12 Education

November 2015. This policy brief highlights opportunities for states to close achievement gaps and enable highly personalized pathways, and provides concrete, actionable recommendations for state policymakers around five key issues: Create Competency-Based Education Systems Improve Student Access and Equity Ensure Quality with Standards and Performance Metrics Modernize Educator and Leader Development Build New Learning Models Infrastructure This…

Author: Maria Worthen, Susan Patrick

Organization: iNACOL

Type: Report

Topics: Policy

The iNACOL Federal Policy Frameworks 2015

November 2015. The iNACOL Federal Policy Frameworks 2015 provides specific policy recommendations to close persistent learning gaps, improve equity and dramatically increase student achievement. This policy brief provides concrete, actionable recommendations on eight key issues: Redesign assessment around student-centered learning. Rethink accountability for continuous improvement of next generation learning models. Modernize educator and leadership development. Make personalized learning…

Author: Maria Worthen

Organization: iNACOL

Type: Report

Topics: Policy