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State Policy & K-12 Competency-Based Education

August 2017

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen

Issue(s): State Policy, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones, Base Learning on Mastery, not Seat Time, 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 (DRAFT June 2017)

June 2017

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issue(s): 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

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

October 2016

Chris Sturgis

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

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Promising State Policies to Advance Personalized Learning

September 2016

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Susan Gentz, Susan Patrick

Issue(s): State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

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Promising State Policies for Personalized Learning

May 2016

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Susan Gentz, Susan Patrick

Issue(s): 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

Issue(s): 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

Issue(s): State Policy, Fund Innovation, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Report

Performance-Based Funding & Online Learning: Maximizing Resources for Student Success

March 2015

Susan Patrick, Amanda Brown, John Myers, John Watson, Justin Silverstein

Issue(s): State Policy, Fund Innovation

Report

Laying the Foundation for Competency Education: A Policy Guide for the Next Generation Educator Workforce

October 2014

Lillian Pace, Maria Worthen

Issue(s): State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity

Report

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

October 2014

Maria Worthen, Susan Patrick

Issue(s): State Policy, Fund Innovation, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Report, CompetencyWorks

Aligning K-12 State Policy with Competency Education

September 2014

CompetencyWorks, iNACOL

Issue(s): State Policy, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Issue Brief

Fast Facts about Online Learning

October 2013

iNACOL

Issue(s): State Policy, Fund Innovation, Issues in Practice

Report

OER State Policy in K-12 Education: Benefits, Strategies, and Recommendations for Open Access, Open Sharing

June 2013

Susan Patrick, TJ Bliss

Issue(s): State Policy, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Report

Blended Learning: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Supporting Tech-Assisted Teaching

April 2013

Laura Vanderkam

Issue(s): State Policy, Fund Innovation

Report, CompetencyWorks

Necessary for Success: A State Policymaker’s Guide to Competency Education

February 2013

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis

Issue(s): State Policy, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Issue Brief

Statement of Principles for Model Legislation in States

July 2012

iNACOL

Issue(s): State Policy, Base Learning on Mastery, not Seat Time, Fund Innovation, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Report

Understanding the Implications of Online Learning for Educational Productivity

January 2012

Austin Lasseter, Linda Shear, Marianne Bakia, Yukie Toyama

Issue(s): State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Issues in Practice

Report

NACSA Viewpoint: Authorizing Online Learning

August 2011

Susan Patrick,

Issue(s): State Policy, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce, Fund Innovation

Report

It’s Not a Matter of Time: Highlights from the 2011 Competency-Based Summit

July 2011

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis, Linda Pittenger

Issue(s): State Policy, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education, Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Lead Change and Innovation

Report

Cracking the Code: Synchronizing Policy and Practice for Performance-Based Learning

July 2011

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis

Issue(s): State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education, Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Issue Brief

K-12 Online Learning: A Smart Investment NOW More than Ever

June 2011

iNACOL

Issue(s): State Policy, Fund Innovation

Report

Clearing the Path: Creating Innovation Space for Serving Over-Age, Under-Credited Students in Competency-Based Pathways

December 2010

Susan Patrick, Bob Rath, Chris Sturgis, Ephraim Weisstein

Issue(s): State Policy, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Report

State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada (2010)

November 2010

Michael K. Barbour

Issue(s): Federal Policy, State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity

Report

Wichita Public Schools’ Learning Centers

March 2010

Katherine Mackey

Issue(s): State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones

Report

Promising Practices in Online Learning: Funding and Policy Frameworks for Online Learning

July 2009

Butch Gemin, John Watson

Issue(s): State Policy, Fund Innovation

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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.