KnowledgeWorks believes the federal government is a critical partner in helping state and local innovators build dynamic education systems where every student is challenged, and every student succeeds. Our organization has a dedicated presence in Washington, D.C., where we work alongside federal policymakers to advance policies and resources in support of personalized learning while removing policy barriers that make it challenging for state and local communities to innovate. Partnering to influence federal education policy is a key part of our work in laying the foundation for future students’ success.
Our federal policy and advocacy work is focused on four high-level strategies for building policy environments that support personalized learning at scale. Each of these strategies emphasizes strong partnerships between federal, state and local leaders to ensure alignment and sustainable transformation across the education system.
- Incentivize effective transitions between K–12 and higher education to increase college enrollment and persistence. The federal government should better align our nation’s K-12 and postsecondary education systems through incentives in both the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Higher Education Act (HEA). The federal government should encourage innovative strategies such as competency education and early college high schools that help students seamlessly transition from secondary to postsecondary education with the knowledge and skills to persist and earn a degree.