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Establishing a Timeline and Budget for Design and Implementation of an Innovative Assessment and Accountability System

This brief assists states in thinking through the opportunities and challenges associated with flexibility provided under the ESSA.

Published: December 20, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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Opportunity Awaits: How the President-Elect Can Scale Personalized Learning

We believe the new Administration has an incredible opportunity to leverage as it considers a strategy for transforming K-12 and...

Published: December 7, 2016
Topics: Education Policy
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Reflections on Education Policy and the Upcoming Presidential Election

Lillian Pace, Senior Director of National Policy for KnowledgeWorks, shares 5 observations about how the presidential election may affect education...

Published: October 31, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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ESSA: Uncovering the Many Possibilities for Better Assessment Design

The Visioning Toolkit for Better Assessment, created jointly with the Center for Assessment, helps states offer better, relevant and timely...

Published: October 20, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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A Roadmap to Better Assessments

States have an opportunity to pilot and scale better assessment systems that capture meaningful information about student learning.

Published: July 26, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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Top 10 Ways ESSA Opens the Door for Personalized Learning

The Every Student Succeeds Act is full of opportunities to make personalized learning a reality for every student in the...

Published: March 14, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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Answering Arne Duncan’s Five Must-Answer Questions

It's time to answer Arne Duncan's education questions for the presidential candidates. Here are our responses. 

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Campaigning 101: How Obama’s Education Agenda Will Impact Future Presidencies

After the State of the Union, we reflect on how education policy during President Obama's past two terms in office...

Published: January 13, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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Innovative Assessments Earn First Class Seat in Senate’s K-12 Education Bill

After years of debate and countless failed attempts to reauthorize the nation’s federal K-12 law, Congress appears ready to give...

Published: July 10, 2015
Topics: Education Policy
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ESEA Reauthorization: An Opportunity to Rethink School Improvement, Rigor and Relevance

The Every Child Achieves Act, the Senate’s most recent proposal for reauthorization of the ESEA does two important things to...

Published: April 16, 2015
Topics: Early College High School, Education Policy
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Senate Committee Gives Competency Education Major Boost in ESEA

Today, the Senate HELP Committee is expected to approve a bipartisan ESEA reauthorization bill called the Every Child Achieves Act...

Published: April 16, 2015
Topics: Education Policy
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Breaking down the Policy Barriers Facing K-12 Competency Education

Breaking down the Policy Barriers Facing K-12 Competency Education

Published: February 20, 2015
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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Building Consensus and Momentum: A Policy and Political Landscape for K-12 Competency Education

This paper addresses three policy areas to focus on in building an educational system that supports competency education.

Published: February 17, 2015
Topics: Education Policy
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Competency Education Gains a Seat at the Congressional Negotiating Table

After years of running up against federal time-based policy barriers, Lamar Alexander (R–TN) released a discussion draft for reauthorization of...

Published: January 15, 2015
Topics: Education Policy
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From Vision to Practice: Building the Next Generation Educator Workforce

Over the past few years, competency education in K-12 has evolved from a catch phrase, to a compelling concept, to...

Published: December 4, 2014
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Laying the Foundation for Competency Education: A Policy Guide for the Next Generation Educator Workforce

A highly trained and engaged educator workforce will be the single most important driver of a successful competency education system.

Published: November 11, 2014
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Collective Impact: The End of Piecemeal Education Reform

Did you know the United States spends more educating its citizens than any other developed nation, yet we continue to...

Published: October 20, 2014
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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Improving Student Outcomes Through Collective Impact: A Guide for Federal Policymakers

As the largest investor in the nation's education system, the federal government is in a unique position to help scale...

Published: October 14, 2014
Topics: Building Capacity, Education Policy, Systems Change
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Competency Education State by State

Competency education, and the policies supporting its growth in K-12 education, continues to advance in states around the country.

Published: April 10, 2014
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K-12 Federal Policy Framework for Competency Education

This paper provides federal policymakers and advocates with comprehensive ideas for transforming federal policy to support the transition to competency-based...

Published: April 2, 2014
Topics: Assessment and Accountability, Education Policy
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Is Oregon Ready to Scale Competency Education?

Last week my colleague, Jesse Moyer, and I had the pleasure of facilitating a session at the 2014 Northwest Proficiency/Competency...

Published: March 13, 2014
Topics: Education Policy
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New Report on Competency Education – Building Capacity for Systems Change

A K-12 Federal Policy Framework for Competency Education: Building Capacity for Systems Change is an attempt to jumpstart a conversation about...

Published: February 3, 2014
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Competency Education Series: Policy Brief Two

Competency Education Series: Policy Brief Two examines three federal innovation competitions to better understand their impact on the growth of...

Published: June 6, 2013
Topics: Education Policy
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Competency Education Series: Policy Brief One

Competency Education Series: Policy Brief One includes a working definition for competency education, examples of states doing the work and suggestions...

Published: April 25, 2013
Topics: Education Policy, Overcoming Challenges