The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) released “Cracking the Code: Synchronizing Policy and Practice for Performance-Based Learning” this July, a report stating that it will take a “comprehensive policy redesign” to move toward performance-based learning models beyond traditional K-12 advancement.
Following many themes throughout the past year, the report recommends moving away from compliance standards by offering “seat-time” waivers that allow for the flexibility to build on competency-based learning credits, establish quality-control, and support individual growth in K-12. Yet, the report argues that seat-time waivers are not enough to drive learning toward performance-based models.
The report identifies six major issues impacting competency-based learning and encourages federal policymakers to provide active support to integrate competency-based learning, remove compliance requirements and redefine teacher-effectiveness.
The report recommends that states redefine credits for competency, build better professional development training for educators, develop adequate information management systems and establish mechanisms for quality control that support competency-based learning. Lastly, the it argues that technology should provide educators with meaningful data to track students’ progress and offer personalized learning plans that integrate adaptive assessments and e-portfolios for a more student-centered learning experience.
For more information, read “Toward a Competency-Based Learning System” by David Nagel from THE Journal. Click here to view an executive summary of “Cracking the Code.”
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