Behind the Scenes: Developing the State Policy Framework for Personalized Learning

Topics: Education Policy

Creating our State Policy Framework for Personalized Learning and the accompanying tools was an almost year-long process that included many ideas, supporters and changes of course to ensure we created a framework that truly supported statewide transformation.

The State Policy Framework for Personalized Learning will help states and stakeholders define and navigate their pathway from the exploratory phase of system design, where a limited number of districts engage in personalized learning practices, to statewide transformation.
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Here are three key decisions that helped shape the final publication of The State Policy Framework for Personalized Learning:

1. How did we validate our work?

From the beginning, we knew that to create a policy framework that would be accessible and transformative for all states, we would need perspectives beyond our own. For that reason, we assembled an advisory committee to give us feedback on early versions of the framework. This group consisted of experts in personalized learning from across the country with a variety of professional backgrounds. This group reaffirmed some of our hypotheses and challenged others, ultimately helping us create the structure of the policy framework as it is today. Having a strong advisory committee also allowed us to test our ideas on individuals with a range of perspectives. This process gives us confidence that all states will be able to apply this framework to their unique contexts.

2. What were the driving forces behind the structure of the policy framework we released?

One of the biggest takeaways from the advisory committee was that more is not always more. Early drafts of the policy framework included multiple pages for each of the policy conditions. The advisory committee was very clear that our early drafts were too overwhelming to be useful, which helped us pare things down to the most essential elements of each condition. As a result, we are able to say that our state policy framework includes the foundational items that a state should address to move towards statewide transformation.

3. What are we doing with the ideas that never made it into the policy framework?

Thanks to the feedback from the advisory committee, as the process of creating the framework continued, we narrowed our focus on the most essential and valuable elements of this project. Over the next several years, we plan to use the earlier, longer drafts of our work as we partner with states and other organizations committed to advancing personalized learning.

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