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Issue Brief

Future Focused State Policy Actions to Transform K-12 Education

April 2020

Susan Patrick, Natalie Truong, Alexis Chambers

Issues: State Policy, Redefine Student Success, Create Meaningful Qualifications, Redesign Accountability Systems for Continuous Improvement, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones, Base Learning on Mastery, not Seat Time, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Report

How Systems of Assessments Aligned with Competency-Based Education Can Support Equity

January 2020

Carla Evans, Maria Worthen, Scott Marion

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments, Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Develop Educator Capacity

Issue Brief

Transforming Teaching: What University Presidents and Deans of Colleges of Education Need to Know about Modernizing the K-12 Educator Workforce

December 2019

Katherine Casey

Issues: Federal Policy, Modernize HEA, State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce

Report, CompetencyWorks

What Is Competency-Based Education? An Updated Definition

November 2019

Eliot Levine, Susan Patrick

Issues: State Policy, Base Learning on Mastery, not Seat Time, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education, Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Commit to Equity, Rethink Instruction, Activate Student Agency

Report

Aligning Education Policy with the Science of Learning and Development

October 2019

Natalie Truong

Issues: Federal Policy, State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Issues in Practice, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field

Issue Brief

Modernizing the Teaching Workforce for Learner-Centered, Competency-Based, Equity-Oriented Education: State Policy Recommendations

July 2019

Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Katherine Casey

Issues: State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce

Issue Brief

Developing a Modern Teacher Workforce: Federal Policy Recommendations for Professional Learning and Supporting Future-Focused, Competency-Based Education Systems

March 2019

Maria Worthen, Katherine Casey

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce, Issues in Practice, Support Professional Learning

Issue Brief

iNACOL 2019 State Policy Priorities

January 2019

Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issues: State Policy, Redefine Student Success, Create Meaningful Qualifications, Redesign Accountability Systems for Continuous Improvement

CompetencyWorks, Report

Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education

November 2018

Katherine Casey

Issues: State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce, Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Evaluate Quality, Support Professional Learning

Issue Brief

2019 State and Federal Policy Priorities

September 2018

Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issues: Federal Policy, Harness Opportunities in ESSA, Modernize HEA, Increase Access to Broadband, Leverage Career and Technical Education, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments, State Policy, Redefine Student Success, Redesign Accountability Systems for Continuous Improvement, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce

Report

Executive Summary: Current to Future State-Issues and Action Steps for State Policy to Support Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

September 2018

Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issues: State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Issue Brief

Innovation Zones: Creating Policy Flexibility for Competency-Based Personalized Learning (updated August 2018)

August 2018

Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong

Issues: State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones

Issue Brief

State Funding Strategies to Support Education Innovation

June 2018

Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issues: State Policy, Fund Innovation

Report

A National Landscape Scan of Personalized Learning in K-12 Education in the United States

June 2018

Susan Patrick, Betheny Gross, Sivan Tuchman

Issues: Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Rethink Instruction, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Issue Brief

State Strategies to Develop Teacher Capacity for Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

February 2018

Maria Worthen, Susan Patrick

Issues: State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity

Report

Current to Future State: Issues and Action Steps for State Policy to Support Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

January 2018

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issues: State Policy, Redefine Student Success, Create Meaningful Qualifications, Redesign Accountability Systems for Continuous Improvement, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Develop Educator Capacity, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones, Base Learning on Mastery, not Seat Time, Fund Innovation, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Report, CompetencyWorks

Fit for Purpose: Taking the Long View on Systems Change and Policy to Support Competency Education

January 2018

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issues: State Policy, Redefine Student Success, Create Meaningful Qualifications, Redesign Accountability Systems for Continuous Improvement, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones, Base Learning on Mastery, not Seat Time, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Issue Brief

Rethinking State Accountability to Support Personalized, Competency-Based Learning in K-12 Education

December 2017

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issues: State Policy, Redesign Accountability Systems for Continuous Improvement, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments

Issue Brief

Redefining Student Success: Profile of a Graduate

November 2017

Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issues: State Policy, Redefine Student Success

Issue Brief

Redesigning Systems of Assessments for Student-Centered Learning

November 2017

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Susan Patrick

Issues: Federal Policy, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments, State Policy, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Issues in Practice, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments

Issue Brief

State Policy & K-12 Competency-Based Education

August 2017

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen

Issues: State Policy, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones, Base Learning on Mastery, not Seat Time, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

CompetencyWorks, Report

Fit for Purpose: Taking the Long View on Systems Change and Policy to Support Competency Education (DRAFT June 2017)

June 2017

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issues: State Policy, Redefine Student Success, Create Meaningful Qualifications, Redesign Accountability Systems for Continuous Improvement, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones, Base Learning on Mastery, not Seat Time, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Report, CompetencyWorks

Reaching the Tipping Point: Insights on Advancing Competency Education in New England

October 2016

Chris Sturgis

Issues: State Policy, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education, Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Issue Brief

Promising State Policies to Advance Personalized Learning

September 2016

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Susan Gentz, Susan Patrick

Issues: State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Report

Promising State Policies for Personalized Learning

May 2016

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Susan Gentz, Susan Patrick

Issues: Federal Policy, Harness Opportunities in ESSA, State Policy, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

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Over the last two decades, the Aurora Institute has driven the transformation toward student-centered, next-generation learning for K-12 education. During that time, the Aurora Institute published more than 200 reports and webinars in support of these efforts.