The introduction of real college and career ready expectations is occurring simultaneously with the shift from batch-print to personal digital learning. These two shocks to the American education ‘system’ lead to at least 10 big issues that need to be addressed.
- The new student backpack: portable electronic records and comprehensive learner profiles. Specific issues: portability, security, and outside providers
- Big data policy: more measures for improvement and accountability. Specific issues: school accountability, teacher evaluation, instructional improvement, and student matriculation.
- Instant feedback: getting states, district and school ready for online assessment. Specific issues: screen size, resolution, testing conditions, new methods of comparability
- From cohorts to competency: How schools work when everyone moves at their own pace. Specific issues: recognizing achievement and granting credit, managing without cohorts.
- Customized learning: emerging strategies for adaptive, personalized and social learning. Specific issues: role of curriculum architects, mixing open and proprietary content.
- Financing student achievement: weighted, portable, and performance-based education funding. Specific issues: managing fractional funding, weighting factors, Robin Hood politics.
- Funding the shift: how to aggregate state, district, and parent capital and reallocate budgets to fund the shift to high access environments. Specific topics: BYOD polices, the role of parent pay, home connectivity, and new blended learning staffing strategies.
- Improving conditions & careers: how blended learning is improving the teaching profession. Specific issues: evaluating in a team-based differentiated environment, managing a distributed staff with dynamic scheduling, and a really big issue–providing rich JIT PD during the shift.
- A new approach to research & development: dynamic trials, iterative development, and lessons from lean startup. Specific issues: how to combine aspects of crowdsourcing with more rigorous methodologies.
- Communicating across the drop in proficiency: coming to terms with real college/career ready standards. Specific issues: staff evaluations, comparability, and college entrance concerns.
I’m sure I missed a few important issues. What would you add to the list?