iNACOL has published its 2019 State and Federal Policy Priorities, a future-focused set of recommendations to drive the transformation of K-12 education systems to meet the needs of every student.
Policymakers, at every level, need to ensure the nation’s education systems are fit for purpose, equity-driven, capable of preparing all students – rather than only a portion – to graduate with the knowledge, abilities and dispositions necessary to achieve success, to contribute to their communities and to advance society.
Solving this problem and providing equity for all students is possible and a moral imperative. To state-level policymakers we recommend that they:
- Redefine student success to prepare all students for college, career and civic life;
- Create meaningful qualifications based on mastery;
- Redesign accountability systems for continuous improvement;
- Build aligned, balanced systems of assessments to certify knowledge and skills;
- Develop educator capacity for next-generation learning;
- Build system and school leadership capacity for change; and
- Establish enabling state policies to create and launch innovative learning models and multiple pathways.
Federal policymakers should:
- Launch a pilot program in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act to support innovation;
- Remove barriers for states in ESSA Section 1204 (Innovative Assessment Pilot);
- Support continued expansion of Internet access and broadband infrastructure; and
- Target funding within the reauthorized Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
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