Proposes a policy framework for integrating performance-based learning into the education system, synchronizing policy and practice, and ensuring collaborative state leadership and flexible federal leadership. Lists state policy issues and exemplars.
- Observation: States are creating room for performance-based learning through seat-time waivers, credit flexibility, and comprehensive competency-based learning policy.
- Observation: State policies should be guided by the following principles: drive policy by student learning outcomes; guard high academic standards; expand student options; create shared vision among stakeholders; offer districts and schools flexibility, and commit to continuous improvement.
- Observation: Emerging issues in state policy include: redefining the Carnegie units into competencies; creating personalized learning plans; the need for student-centered accountability and assessment models; learning empowered by technology; supporting educators in the transition to a competency-based system; financing a competency-based system.