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November 21, 2016

6 Ways States Can Redefine Student Success and Transform Education Under ESSA

A new report from iNACOL, Meeting The Every Student Succeeds Act's Promise: State Policy to Support Personalized Learning, provides specific recommendations on how state policymakers can take advantage of ESSA opportunities.

February 11, 2016

Three Smart State Approaches to Competency-Based Education

A progress report on three states you might consider unlikely policy innovators when it comes to competency-based education: Idaho, Georgia and Ohio.

December 10, 2015

From "Shock and Awe" to Systemic Enabling: All Eyes on New Hampshire

Instead of creating change through compliance and extrinsic motivators, the new era of education and education policy will require ecosystems of policy, regulation, investment, and operating structure that enable, rather than dictate. Under New Hampshire's PACE accountability system districts and schools are now opting into using next-gen performance-based assessments, staked to much richer definitions of student success, on the basis of their readiness to do so.

October 26, 2015

2020 Vision: A History of the Future

Written in past tense, 2020 Vision: A History of the Future is 440 pages of time travel into a best case scenario of how the next five years could be transformational for global learning. Organized around 10 signpost developments, each of the well designed chapters includes a problem statement and a list of solutions, profiles of GSV investees and sector leaders.

September 08, 2015

Utah Education Leaders Consider Competency

Elected officials, state board members, K-12 and higher education leaders gathered at Southern Utah University for a Joint Education Conference to talk system improvement and innovation. The discussions addressed five potential next steps including flexibility from time based systems, a transition to proficiency-based diplomas and anytime, anywhere learning.

April 06, 2015

Ed Reform and Innovation: The End of the Big Test Is in Sight

What does innovative learning and EdReform have in common? Equity. We explore the recent history of assessment (the intended and unintended consequences), the role that equity plays, the need to synthesize EdReform aims, and the opportunity of innovation.

March 26, 2015

Districts Racing to Personalize Learning

The Race to the Top-District (RTT-D) program is contributing to the changes made by districts to personalize learning and blend learning environments. In many cases, it's working. And, new roles are emerging for teacher leaders as a result.

September 04, 2014

Happy 80th Anniversary Communications Act: Time for a Rewrite

The Communications Act of 1934 still governs telecommunications in America and while updated periodically, it has not been modernized in 18 years. From phones to television to technology that hadn't previously existed, a lot has changed but dated regulations continue to view the communications sector in silos for distinct services.

August 07, 2014

Seven Ways State Policy Can Promote Competence

There are seven ways state policy can promote and accelerate the shift to next-generation competency based learning and improve outcomes.

July 24, 2014

Local & State Policies That Boost Achievement & Innovation

Local and state policy makers should enact pro-growth, pro-achievement, pro-employability, and pro-innovation policies to help boost achievement and innovation.

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