Transform Education Systems
- Redefine student success through a Profile of a Graduate to create a vision to modernize and redefine more holistic graduation requirements based on what students need to know and be able to do for future success.
- Create Innovation Zones to provide flexibility for schools and districts to advance transformative practices and move to innovative, student-centered learning models.
Create Competency-Based Education Systems & Align Pathways
- Launch competency-based education task forces and pilot programs to allow innovation in new teaching and learning approaches tied to a state vision of student success.
- Offer credit flexibility to redefine credits based on student mastery – building knowledge, skills, and competencies – rather than seat-time.
- Ensure meaningful credentials that articulate what students know and are able to do through mastery-based diplomas, mastery transcripts, and proficiency-based graduation pathways.
- Align competency-based pathways across K-12, higher education, career and technical education and the workforce toward a vision of lifelong, continuous system of learning to ensure all youth have pathways to prosperity.
Build Capacity by Investing in People
Rethink Accountability & Assessment
- Design balanced systems of assessments for student-centered learning to certify student mastery of knowledge and skills and provide timely feedback on where students are in their learning.
- Redesign next generation accountability systems for continuous improvement to achieve equity and empower stakeholders with multiple, balanced measures and reciprocal accountability.
Federal Policy Priorities
Increase Access and Affordability to Diversify Educator Talent Pools
- Address college affordability, persistence, and completion in federal student aid policies to increase diversity of the educator workforce.
Expand the Innovative Assessment Pilot
- Remove barriers for states to participate in the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority (IADA) by lifting the seven-state cap, by allowing adequate time for planning and statewide scale-up, and by making funding available for states to plan, develop and stage implementation of high-quality, innovative systems of assessments that include performance assessments to support competency-based pathways.
A National Snapshot of K-12 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). Across the country, the landscape of policy is changing. Every year more states establish pilots, innovation zones, and new initiatives. Most of the states with seat-time policies that acted as barriers have found new ways of allowing waivers or credit flexibility for CBE.
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 policies focus on seat-time credits without competency-based pathways.
Our Policy Goals
The Center for Policy works to educate federal, congressional and state education policy leaders on K-12 education programs and issues to advocate a future-focused, student-centered position on diverse issues affecting our education systems toward transformation.
2020 National Policy Forum
Held annually as a precursor to the Aurora Institute Symposium, the National Policy Forum convenes more than 100 education policymakers and system leaders. This year’s virtual event on November 13, 2020, included a national overview of state policies to advance education innovation, a series of state snapshots highlighting bellwether exemplars, and three presentations on key issues from national leaders.
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