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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

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

Issue Brief

iNACOL 2019 Federal Policy Priorities

January 2019

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

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

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

Report, CompetencyWorks

Quality and Equity by Design: Charting the Course for the Next Phase of Competency-Based Education

October 2017

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis, Nina Lopez

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity, Evaluate Quality

Report, CompetencyWorks

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

An Introduction to the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education

June 2017

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Report

What’s Possible with Personalized Learning? An Overview of Personalized Learning for Schools, Families & Communities

February 2017

Bruce Friend, Susan Patrick, Carri Schneider, Tom Vander Ark

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Engage Community

Report

Meeting The Every Student Succeeds Act’s Promise: State Policy to Support Personalized Learning

October 2016

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Susan Gentz, Susan Patrick

Issues: Federal Policy, Harness Opportunities in ESSA, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments

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

Issue Brief

Innovation Zones: Creating Policy Flexibility for Personalized Learning

March 2016

Susan Gentz, Susan Patrick

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

Report

The iNACOL State Policy Frameworks 2015: 5 Critical Issues to Transform K-12 Education

November 2015

Maria Worthen, Susan Patrick

Issues: State Policy, Fund Innovation, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Report

Using Online Learning for Credit Recovery: Getting Back on Track to Graduation

September 2015

Susan Patrick, Allison Powell, Verena Roberts

Issues: Issues in Practice, Rethink Instruction

Report

Blending Learning: The Evolution of Online and Face-to-Face Education from 2008–2015

July 2015

Susan Patrick, Allison Powell, John Watson, Jonathan Oglesby, Laura Hibbard, Leslie Fetzer, Michael Horn, Patrick Staley, Su Verma

Issues: Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report, CompetencyWorks

Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts

March 2015

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

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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.