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Online Learning: Top 5 Federal Policy Issues

March 2012. iNACOL released this policy brief providing federal legislators with background information and concrete, actionable recommendations on 5 key issues within student-centered, competency-based education. Online Learning: Top 5 Federal Policy Issues advocates for the following key policy takeaways: Base accountability on individual student growth models to support student-centered, competency-based learning. Support performance-based systems of assessments. Support…

Author: iNACOL

Organization: iNACOL


Keeping Pace with K-12 Online and Blended Learning, 9th Edition

January 2012. Four themes that Keeping Pace 2011 introduced largely hold true a year later, with some updates for 2012: Many states have created or allowed some online and blended learning opportunities, but no state has yet created or allowed a full range of online learning options for students—with one exception. Florida in 2012 has passed laws…


State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada

January 2012. Listen to Michael Barbour discuss how K-12 online learning has evolved in Canada over the past 4 years. The report, released by iNACOL in November, indicates that distance education at the K-12 level is continuing to grow in Canada and exists at some level in all 13 provinces and territories. However, the growth and level…


Next Steps for Digital Learning Now: Roadmap and Legislation for State-level Online Learning Policy

January 2012. In this leadership webinar, you will have the opportunity to hear from Foundation for Excellence in Education and Alliance for Excellent Education representatives, who discuss their efforts to advocate for policy change, creating a high-quality digital learning environment for all students. As state legislatures convene this year, online learning policy is likely to be a…


State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada (2011)

November 2011. Online and blended learning are educational innovations that provide courses, teachers, and opportunities for students who may not otherwise have access due to geographic isolation. Canada was one of the first countries to embrace technology and the Internet in order to deliver distance learning courses to students in remote locations. Now, countries around the world…


Online and Blended Learning: A Survey of Policy and Practice from K-12 Schools Around the World

November 2011. In 2006, iNACOL conducted its first international survey, titled An International Perspective of K-12 Online Learning: A Summary of the 2006 NACOL International E-Learning Survey. Since the growth of online and blended learning has grown at an annual rate of over 30% for the past 10 years across the United States, iNACOL responded to requests…


The Online Learning Definitions Project

October 2011. The Online Learning Definitions Project is designed to provide states, districts, online programs, and other organizations with a set of definitions related to online and blended learning in order to develop policy, practice, and an understanding of and within the field. The initiative began with a thorough literature review of existing definitions, followed by a…

Author: iNACOL

Organization: iNACOL


NACSA Viewpoint: Authorizing Online Learning

August 2011. Online learning is growing by 40% annually and creating new full- and part-time options for students and families. However, most charter school legislation, drafted in the early 1990s, is not inclusive to online learning opportunities. This paper addresses 3 key questions that state policymakers and authorizers need to answer: Who will operate and authorize online…


Cracking the Code: Synchronizing Policy and Practice for Performance-Based Learning

July 2011. Leaders and innovators in competency education convened at the 2011 Competency-Based Learning Summit to explore how state policy can loosen its regulatory handcuffs from educators attempting to move toward competency-based learning models. This paper is designed to answer the following 4 questions: What is performance-based learning? What are states doing to advance performance-based learning? What…


K-12 Online Learning: A Smart Investment NOW More than Ever

June 2011. In times of great economic challenge, citizens look to policymakers for solutions that lay the foundation for a brighter tomorrow. In K-12 education, one of the most promising and cost-effective solutions is quality online learning. Many states have made an important initial investment in online learning. Since every dollar spent this year must count even…

Author: iNACOL

Organization: iNACOL