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Federal Education Policy Resources and Recommendations

KnowledgeWorks federal education policy resources and recommendations help policymakers craft policy solutions that are more flexible and equitable and pave the way for personalized learning in communities across the country.

KnowledgeWorks recommendations for reauthorizing the federal Higher Education Act call on Congress to break down traditional barriers so all learners can access personalized pathways to a postsecondary degree.

Advancing Personalized Learning through the Higher Education Act

KnowledgeWorks federal education policy recommendations for the reauthorization of the federal Higher Education Act call for greater alignment between K-12 and higher education systems and personalized pathways to a post-secondary degree.
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ESSA and Personalized Learning: State by State

Interactive map providing a nationwide look at state strategies to advance personalized learning through flexibility provided by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
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A Visioning Toolkit for Better Assessments

Published in partnership with the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment (Center for Assessment) and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, this toolkit explores new state-level assessment provisions under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and includes frequently asked questions, state policy framework, theory of action and stakeholder survey tool.
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This series of State Readiness Conditions briefs, developed in partnership with the Center for Assessment, provides guidance and tools to help states better understand and leverage the new Innovative Assessment and Accountability Demonstration Authority authorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

The Readiness Roadmap: Innovative Assessment State Readiness Conditions Briefs

Published in partnership with the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment (Center for Assessment) and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, these briefs help states better understand and leverage the Innovative Assessment and Accountability Demonstration Authority authorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
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KnowledgeWorks provides four sets of federal recommendations for enabling personalized learning at scale, including detailed strategies to help the Administration create a robust education policy platform.

Embracing the Opportunity: Recommendations for Scaling Personalized Learning Under a New Presidential Administration

KnowledgeWorks provides four sets of federal education policy recommendations for enabling personalized learning at scale, including detailed strategies to help the Administration create a robust education policy platform.
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This side-by-side tool compares key provisions in the previous K-12 education law (No Child Left Behind) to new provisions in ESSA that advance personalized learning.

New Opportunities to Advance Personalized Learning in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Side-by-side tool compares key provisions in the previous K-12 education law (No Child Left Behind) to provisions in ESSA that advance personalized learning.
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Recommendations for Advancing Personalized Learning Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will help states identify and explore these opportunities as they begin to design their state’s approach to implementation of ESSA.

Recommendations for Advancing Personalized Learning Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

This resource provides guidance to help states identify and explore opportunities ESSA provides to advance personalized learning throughout various aspects of the education system.
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A highly trained and engaged educator workforce will be the single most important driver of a successful competency education system.

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

Published in partnership with iNACOL, this resource includes recommendations for policy improvements in educator preparation programs, state credentialing policies, professional development programs and evaluation systems that support the advancement of personalized, competency education.
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As the largest investor in the nation's education system, the federal government is in a unique position to help scale collective impact for reform.

Improving Student Outcomes Through Collective Impact: A Guide for Federal Policymakers

Published in partnership with StriveTogether, this resource provides policymakers an overview of collective impact work and recommendations for resource alignment and strategic investments to establish impactful collective impact partnerships.
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K-12 Federal Policy Framework for Competency Education provides federal policymakers and advocates with comprehensive, big-picture ideas for transforming federal policy to support the transition to competency-based learning. 

A K-12 Federal Policy Framework for Competency Education: Building Capacity for Systems Change (2014)

Comprehensive vision for federal support of state and local efforts to implement student-centered learning through competency-based education published in partnership with iNACOL.
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