by Joshua Bolkan
"KnowledgeWorks and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) have released a new report, "A K-12 Federal Policy Framework for Competency Education: Building Capacity for Systems Change," designed to help policy makers and advocates change the education system in the United States.
"It is time to move away from traditional assumptions about how schools should look, how teachers should teach, and how students should learn," wrote the report's authors in an introduction. "These assumptions too often restrict learning to physical buildings, bell schedules, credit hours and static, paper-based learning materials. Many of these assumptions are further reinforced by federal, state, and local governments that incorporate them through outdated compliance requirements and funding structures."
"The report suggests that policy makers should focus on four areas to move toward a more competency-based approach to education:"