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iNACOL Publishes Issue Brief on Redefining Student Success in K-12 Education

Washington, D.C. (November 22, 2017) — Today, iNACOL published a new policy issue brief, Redefining Student Success: Profile of a Graduate, which provides recommendations for state policymakers to generate a shared vision for student success that prepares all students for college, career and civic life.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states with an unprecedented opportunity to transform K-12 education systems with new flexibility. The new law makes it possible for state leaders to start with a new definition of success that provides a more well-rounded education, redesign systems of assessments, accountability models, and educator preparation and development systems that coherently align to and support more holistic student learning outcomes.

Under ESSA, it calls for states to work with local communities and redefine student success — states have the potential to engage deeply with communities in conversations around the purpose of K-12 public education and what students should know and be able to do upon graduation. Conversations around new definitions of success can include academic competencies, social emotional competencies, skills and dispositions necessary for success. This issue brief provides recommendations and resources for state policymakers who are ready to engage deeply with communities and develop clear, comprehensive definitions of student success, designed to ensure every student can succeed in K-12 education and beyond.

Susan Patrick, iNACOL President and CEO, said, “State leaders have a historic opportunity under ESSA to engage their communities in important conversations around developing richer, more meaningful and holistic definitions of student success and take the first steps to chart a vision for new approaches to the future of teaching and learning. New definitions of student success are important for building a coherent and aligned state education system that supports student learning and empowers educators.”

Download a full copy of this issue brief Redefining Student Success: Profile of a Graduate, and access other issue briefs from iNACOL:


About iNACOL

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using competency-based, blended and online education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of school and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our website, like us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.


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