Guest post by Mary Tighe
Legislators in North Dakota, Utah, Illinois and Idaho are making moves.
Each state has used policy to intentionally create flexibility for districts. Through pilot programs, grant programs and awareness campaigns, districts now have opportunities to create innovative learning environments, including competency-based and mastery education.
As Anne Olson writes for edCircuit, these policies open doors for districts to personalize learning for students.
“When a state creates opportunities for districts to personalize learning for their students, through pilot programs, innovation zones or through other allowances through their state education agency, they send a message to districts that they are committed to growing and sustaining this work over time. They are making a commitment to innovative learning.”