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Laying the Foundation for Competency Education: A Policy Guide for the Next Generation Educator Workforce

October 2014. This report provides an overview of how competency-based learning can provide the skills and training necessary to develop a next generation workforce. The paper discusses the new skills that educators will need, policy shifts that will need to occur, pre-service and credentialing, professional development, and evaluation. They provide case studies, including Western Governors University Teachers…


An International Study in Competency Education: Postcards from Abroad

October 2014. An International Study in Competency Education: Postcards from Abroad seeks to highlight components of competency education in international practice, to inform US policymakers and decision makers seeking to implement high-quality competency pathways at the state or local level. Other countries are studying our innovations, and we are studying theirs. This report first reviews the definition…


Aligning K-12 State Policy with Competency Education

September 2014. This CompetencyWorks brief provides an introduction to competency education with a snapshot of states’ policies regarding competency education. The report notes how states are advancing competency-based learning, and it describes eight ways that states can upgrade their policies.


Aligning K-12 Federal Policy with Competency Education

September 2014. This CompetencyWorks brief provides an introduction to competency education and insight into how federal policy can remove barriers and catalyze competency education. The report provides a snapshot of competency-based state policy throughout the U.S., and it explains what individual states are doing to advance competency education.


CCSSO Innovation Lab Network: Transforming Systems Through Policy, Practice and Structure (Number 1 of 3)

April 2014. This webinar highlights how the ILN program has provided transformational system supports in Kentucky and Wisconsin. Educational leaders from each state will share implementation strategies, sustainability opportunities and promising practices. The ideas shared in this webinar can be applied to any educational system. CCSSO and iNACOL are partnering to present a series of three webinars…


A K-12 Federal Policy Framework for Competency Education: Building Capacity for Systems Change

February 2014. This report discusses a student-centered federal policy framework designed to advance the growth of competency education. The authors argue that the current traditional system fails students, and it is time to reframe quality, accountability, and access. The traditional education system is often reinforced by federal, state, and local governments through outdated compliance requirements and funding…


(Webinar) A K-12 Policy Framework for Competency Education: Building Capacity for Systems Change

February 2014. The presenters describe barriers and opportunities within federal education policy. Based on the recently released iNACOL report, A K-12 Policy Framework for Competency Education: Building Capacity for Systems Change, the authors portray how the federal government can catalyze and scale student-centric learning. As lawmakers in Washington, DC craft a next generation Elementary and Secondary Education…


Progress and Proficiency: Redesigning Grading for Competency Education

January 2014. The purpose of this report is to explore how to redesign grading systems to best help students gain the skills necessary to be successful. This report explains the weaknesses of traditional grading systems, and how to redesign grading along the 6 elements of competency-based grading. It highlights lessons learned from the field, such as transparency, community…


CompetencyWorks

January 2014. CompetencyWorks is an online resource to provide information and knowledge about competency education through a website, a blog filled with practitioner knowledge and policy advancements, and a wiki to make it easy to get examples of materials. CompetencyWorks provides resources for new innovators and early adopters so that they can rapidly learn about past mistakes,…


iNACOL’s New Learning Models Vision

October 2013. This brief summarizes iNACOL’s New Learning Models, which personalize learning using competency-based approaches. Supported by blended and online learning modalities, teachers use technology to differentiate instruction and engage students in deeper learning. By adapting instruction to reflect a student’s level of mastery, blended and online models have the potential to keep students engaged and supported…