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Progress and Proficiency: Redesigning Grading for Competency Education

Chris Sturgis

January 2014

Our A-F grading scheme is undermining the very core purpose of our education system: learning.

Tags: Assessment, Competency-Based Education

Gateway Cities Vision for Dynamic Community-Wide Learning Systems

Benjamin Forman, Julianne Viola, and Caroline Koch

November 2013

Massachusetts cities envision community-wide learning systems as the key to successful students, a competent workforce, and a thriving economy.

Education Indicators for Maine 2013

Tanna Clews and Michael E. Dubyak

November 2013

Can all Mainers have a post-secondary degree by 2023?

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Community Voice & Engagement

High Tech High Network: Student-Centered Learning in Action

David Stephen and Eve Goldberg

August 2013

High Tech High is using student-centered approaches to equip students with 21st century skills.

Tags: 21st Century Skills, Competency-Based Assessment, Curriculum & Instruction, Personalization

Weaving Skill Ropes: Using Metaphor to Enhance Understanding of Skills and Learning

Michael Erard

March 2013

How does weaving ropes resemble the process of learning? This report from FrameWorks Institute uses this explanatory metaphor to explore how the public talks about learning and the acquisition of cognitive and emotional skills.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Youth Development

The Promise of Extended Learning Opportunities: New, Powerful, and Personalized Options for High School Students

Nicholas C. Donohue

February 2013

NMEF President & CEO Nicholas C. Donohue describes the potential that expanded learning opportunities can bring to a learning ecosystem.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Learning Time, Personalization, Youth Development

Necessary for Success: Building Mastery of World-Class Skills – A State Policymakers Guide to Competency Education

Susan Patrick and Chris Sturgis

February 2013

A modern education system should center on mastery rather than ticking off hours spent at a desk. This issue brief shares insights into re-engineering the policy and practices of the K-12 system to be more student-centered.

Tags: Competency-Based Education, Governance & Finance, Policy, Teachers & School Leaders

Re-Engineering Information Technology Design Considerations for Competency Education

Liz Glowa and Susan Patrick

February 2013

This brief examines components and elements of effective competency-based information systems.

Tags: Competency-Based Education

Leadership in Action: How Does Proficiency-Based Learning Work?

New England Secondary School Consortium

December 2012

Every year, high schools give out thousands of grades, report cards, and diplomas, but students are still unprepared. Can we do better?

More Efficient High Schools in Maine: Emerging Student-Centered Learning Communities

David L. Silvernail and Erika K. Stump

December 2012

This study finds that high-performing and efficient high schools can also be student-centered to enable all learners to obtain the skills, knowledge, and supports necessary to succeed in a 21st century economy.

The Learning Edge: Supporting Student Success in a Competency-Based Learning Environment

Laura Shubilla and Chris Sturgis

December 2012

Competency-based education requires a system of supports that meet students’ individual needs as they work toward proficiency.

Tags: Competency-Based Education, Policy

How Media Portray Learning Space and Time

Moira O'Neil, Nathaniel Kendall-Taylor, and Abigail Haydon

December 2012

In this report, researchers dive into how learning space and time is framed in mainstream news outlets.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Governance & Finance, Learning Time, Policy, Technology

Getting Down to Dollars and Cents

Larry Miller, Betheny Gross and Monica Ouijdani

November 2012

Does it cost more to implement student-centered learning?

Making Mastery Work

Nora Priest, Antonia Rudenstine and Ephraim Weisstein

November 2012

Best practices from K-12 schools implementing personalized approaches to learning.

Tags: Competency-Based Education

Overarching Media Coverage of Education Issues: A Cognitive Media Analysis

Moira O’Neil

November 2012

In this report, the FrameWorks Institute identifies dominant media frames that cut across education issues.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Governance & Finance, Policy, Youth Development

Cognitive Media Analysis of Skills and Learning

Moira O’Neil

November 2012

In this report, researchers dive into how skills and learning are framed in mainstream news outlets.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Learning Time, Youth Development

Mapping the Gaps on Assessment

Eric Lindland, Michael Baran, Moira O'Neil, and Nathaniel Kendall-Taylor

November 2012

Researchers map the gaps between the ways that the public and experts think and talk about assessment.

Tags: Assessment, Community Voice & Engagement, Technology

Cognitive Media Analysis on Assessment

Moira O'Neil, Nathaniel Kendall-Taylor, and Tia Remington-Bell

November 2012

In this report, researchers dive into how assessment is framed in mainstream news outlets.

Tags: Assessment, Community Voice & Engagement, Technology

Mapping the Gaps on Where and When Learning Takes Place

Nathaniel Kendall-Taylor, Eric Lindland, and Michael Baran

November 2012

Researchers map the gaps between the ways that the public and experts understand about the spaces and time where learning takes place.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Curriculum & Instruction, Learning Time

Leadership in Action: What are Learning Standards?

New England Secondary School Consortium

October 2012

Have you ever wondered what learning standards are, what they are not, how they actually work in schools, and why they matter?

Tags: Assessment, Curriculum & Instruction, Teachers & School Leaders