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How Systems of Assessments Aligned with Competency-Based Education Can Support Equity

January 2020

Carla Evans, Maria Worthen, Scott Marion

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments, Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Develop Educator Capacity

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

Report

Aligning Education Policy with the Science of Learning and Development

October 2019

Natalie Truong

Issues: Federal Policy, State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Issues in Practice, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field

Issue Brief

Developing a Modern Teacher Workforce: Federal Policy Recommendations for Professional Learning and Supporting Future-Focused, Competency-Based Education Systems

March 2019

Maria Worthen, Katherine Casey

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce, Issues in Practice, Support Professional Learning

Report, CompetencyWorks

Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education

November 2018

Katherine Casey

Issues: State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce, Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Evaluate Quality, Support Professional Learning

Book, CompetencyWorks

Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education

October 2018

Chris Sturgis, Katherine Casey

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Lead Change and Innovation, Evaluate Quality, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments, Activate Student Agency, Engage Community

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

Report, CompetencyWorks

Levers and Logic Models: A Framework to Guide Research and Design of High-Quality Competency-Based Education Systems

May 2018

Chris Sturgis, Katherine Casey

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

Report, CompetencyWorks

Meeting Students Where They Are

April 2018

Antonia Rudenstine, Dixie Bacallao, Sarah Hakani, Sydney Schaef

Issues: Issues in Practice, Rethink Instruction

Report, CompetencyWorks

Designing for Equity: Leveraging Competency-Based Education to Ensure All Students Succeed

April 2018

Chris Sturgis, Katherine Casey

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

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

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, CompetencyWorks

In Search of Efficacy: Defining the Elements of Quality in a Competency-Based Education System

June 2017

Chris Sturgis

Issues: Issues in Practice, Evaluate Quality

Report, CompetencyWorks

In Pursuit of Equality: A Framework for Equity Strategies in Personalized, Competency-Based Education

June 2017

Chris Sturgis

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

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, CompetencyWorks

Reaching the Tipping Point: Insights on Advancing Competency Education in New England

October 2016

Chris Sturgis

Issues: State Policy, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education, Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report

Student-Centered Learning: Functional Requirements for Integrated Systems to Optimize Learning

May 2016

Elizabeth Glowa, Jim Goodell

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Report, CompetencyWorks

Chugach School District: A Personalized, Performance-Based System

March 2016

Chris Sturgis

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report

Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning, 12th Edition

November 2015

Issues: Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Issue Brief

Course Access: Providing Equitable Access to High-Quality Learning Opportunities

November 2015

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen

Issues: Federal Policy, Increase Access to Broadband, Issues in Practice

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

Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

June 2015

Chris Sturgis

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Lead Change and Innovation, Learn Lessons from the Field, Engage Community

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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.