iNACOL Publishes Federal and State Policy Frameworks to Launch Annual Symposium

Nov 08, 2015, 08:39 ET from International Association for K-12 Online Learning

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) released The iNACOL Federal Policy Frameworks 2015 and The iNACOL State Policy Frameworks 2015: 5 Critical Issues to Transform K-12 Education to kick off the 2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium. Updated annually, these policy briefs present a framework for sustainable, systemic policy change toward personalized learning.

The iNACOL Federal Policy Frameworks 2015 brief provides specific policy recommendations to close persistent learning gaps, improve equity and dramatically increase student achievement. This policy brief provides concrete, actionable recommendations on eight key issues:

  1. Redesigning Assessment Around Student-Centered Learning
  2. Rethinking Accountability for Continuous Improvement of Next Generation Learning Models
  3. Modernizing Educator and Leader Development
  4. Making Personalized Learning a Cross-Cutting Grant Priority
  5. Protecting Student Data Privacy and Security
  6. Investing in New Learning Models Research and Development
  7. Building Robust Technology Infrastructure and Improve Broadband
  8. Supporting the Development and Use of Open Educational Resources (OER)

The iNACOL State Policy Frameworks 2015: 5 Critical Issues to Transform Education brief highlights opportunities for states to close achievement gaps and enable highly personalized pathways. It also provides concrete, actionable recommendations for state policymakers around five key issues:

  1. Creating Competency-Based Systems of Education
  2. Improving Student Access and Equity
  3. Ensuring Quality with Standards and Performance Metrics
  4. Modernizing Educator and Leader Development
  5. Building New Learning Models Infrastructures

Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, said, "Over the last decade, the education space has witnessed unprecedented transformation of teaching and learning powered by new learning models that allow personalization of instruction for each student. However, this shift cannot be sustained without changes in federal and state policy. The issues and recommendations in these policy briefs provide a framework to transform federal and state policy to accelerate personalized learning and transform learning at scale."

To download The iNACOL Federal Policy Frameworks 2015, please visit http://www.inacol.org/resource/inacol-federal-policy-frameworks-2015/.

To download The iNACOL State Policy Frameworks 2015: 5 Critical Issues to Transform Education, please visit http://www.inacol.org/resource/inacol-state-policy-frameworks-2015-5-critical-issues-transform-k-12-education/.

Learn more about the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium 2015 here.

About iNACOL

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to ensure all students have access to a world-class education and quality blended and online learning opportunities that prepare them for a lifetime of success. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using online, blended, and competency-based education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of classroom, school, and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, and follow us on twitter.

SOURCE International Association for K-12 Online Learning



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