Issues that Matter Most
We collect data, analyze trends, and share policy and practice solutions. To advance future-focused, student-centered learning, we focus our work on transformative education issues.
Resources to Drive Action
Our resources guide practitioners, educators, policymakers, and advocates seeking to shift from our current state of education to a future state in which all students are prepared to succeed. Use this section to search for published reports, briefs, webinars, and other learning resources on key topics related to policy and practice for next generation learning.
June 2, 2021
Innovation Zones: Policy Flexibility to Reimagine and Modernize K-12 Education Post-COVID-19
January 5, 2021
Mere Engagement: Reflections about the Connections Between Online Learning, Student Agency, and Student Engagement
Advancing Competency-Based Education State Policy Across the U.S.
This map provides a national snapshot of state policies across the United States to enable and advance K-12 competency-based education systems (CBE). Every year, more states establish pilots, innovation zones, and new initiatives to create space for educational innovations. Click below for details on each state.
States with clear policies in support of competency-based education and established roles in building educator capacity in local systems for competency-based education.
States with pilots for competency-based education, and/or credit flexibility policies for school districts to transition to competency education.
States getting started with task forces; some state policy flexibility requiring waivers for systems to shift to competency-based education.
No Active Policy in CBE
States focus on seat-time credits without competency-based pathways.
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