January 31, 2017 by Natalie Abel
Lindsay Unified School District transitioned to a performance-based learning system and is seeing results—with a 92% graduation rate (compared to 73% prior to transitioning); 42% of graduates currently attend a four-year university (compared to 21% before); and over 70% of graduates of those students will have a degree within 6 years. With Lindsay High School being recognized for its accomplishments by the White House in Washington, D.C., ranking in the 99th percentile of schools in California that are drug-free, bully-free, alcohol-free, and learner-focused, one would have a hard time finding someone who didn’t view Lindsay Unified School District as not only one of the top school districts in Tulare County, or in the state, but, arguably, in the nation.
Lindsay Unified School District released a new book: Beyond Reform: Systemic Shifts Toward Personalized Learning.
MCIEA Accountability Principles
The Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment (MCIEA) is creating a new school accountability model in Massachusetts that champions students, teachers and families. They adopted the following seven principles for creating a fair and effective accountability system:
Open Requests for Proposals
January 4, 2017 by Natalie Abel
CompetencyWorks is hosting a Leadership webinar on advancing competency education in New England on Wednesday, January 11 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. Learn more and register.
New York City’s Mastery Collaborative is hosting upcoming Living Lab online sessions. Register here.
- Wednesday, January 4, 4:00 p.m. ET: KAPPA International High School—Messaging Mastery with Language and Visuals
- Thursday, January 5, 4:00 p.m. ET: Harvest Collegiate High School—Building a School-Wide Philosophy of Mastery
- This podcast by Cortney Belolan and Matt Shea discusses the “what” and “why” of competency education, and the “how” of implementation.
- Getting Smart released a podcast featuring students from the iNACOL Symposium’s student panel, sharing their thoughts on transforming K-12 education.
November 11, 2016 by Natalie Abel
There is increasing evidence supporting the growth of student-centered learning (competency-based learning is one of the four elements) to promote success for all students and drive equity in education. Yet, work remains. How can we curate research-based best practices for implementation? How can we scale student-centered learning, knowing implementation varies based on local contexts? How do we intentionally foreground equity in new school designs to prevent defaulting to the status quo? How can we overcome barriers from policy and the traditional system?
In early November, Jobs for the Future, in partnership with the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, launched the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative, a new effort to investigate and evaluate what we know about student-centered learning and leverage that knowledge to effect meaningful change at scale. For more information on the Research Collaborative, view their concept paper.
The goals of the Research Collaborative are three-fold:
- Catalyze: Support new and innovative research that catalyzes action and builds coherence within the field.
- Curate: Curate best and most relevant scholarship and practices and communicate findings.
- Connect: Connect research and implementation to learn from and inform policy and practice.
JFF hosted a convening to announce this new Research Collaborative including researchers, experts, practitioners, funders, and policymakers to bridge the gap and create dialogue between research and practice. The following nine Distinguished Fellows will take on this work over two years: (more…)
October 20, 2016 by Natalie Abel
Virgel Hammonds of KnowledgeWorks explains the difference between traditional and competency education. You can watch the video to learn more.
- Clark County School District in Las Vegas will open the nation’s first Marzano Academy, adopting strategies from Dr. Robert Marzano (co-founder of Colorado-based Marzano Research).
- Lindsay Unified Public Schools, a rural, public school in California’s Central Valley, is hoping to share its competency-based approach and change management practices.
- The U.S. Education Department approved the extension of New Hampshire’s competency-based assessment pilot.
- The Maine Cohort for Customized Learning and Thomas College’s Center for Innovation in Education held a one-day summit to provide teachers with a statewide opportunity to share and collaborate, problem solve and create new action steps to address the largest implementation issues.
- Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states have a historic opportunity to redesign systems of assessments and rethink accountability to support personalized learning. This article explores how Virginia is moving toward next generation accountability and and performance assessments.
- Illinois is developing a new state plan under ESSA, the new federal K-12 education law.
- Westminster Public Schools in Colorado began implementing competency education in 2009. This article explores how competency education is at odds with Colorado’s statewide accountability system.
- Deer-Isle Stonington Elementary School is adopting a proficiency-based grading system, which the high school is already working with (read more about Deer-Isle Stonington’s High School here).
- In this article, Michael Horn explores the inputs and outcomes in credit recovery at LA Unified.
- America Heritage (Idaho Falls) is embracing mastery-based education as one of 20 statewide “incubators” or pilots aimed at providing mastery-based education to students in 2016-17.
- California’s Del Lago Academy created a competency-based approach which allows students to collect badges to prove their skills to colleges and employers, reinforcing the pipeline to college and career.
- Superintendent of RSU5 in Maine, Dr. Becky Foley, explains the shift toward student-centered learning in their district as they continue to implement competency education from PreK-12.