Policies should support high standards, personalization of learning, innovation, a strong accountability system, and aligned curriculum.
For public education to function optimally, an instructional system should be in place that makes the acquisition of knowledge and skills efficient, effective, and appealing. The basic components of this system include standards, accountability, instruction, and assessment. Once those are in place, an advanced instructional system develops innovative solutions to increasing student learning like personalization and project-based learning.
The Education Commission of the States (ECS) identified 10 state policies to promote college and career readiness and align K-12 and post-secondary expectations and success. These recommendations mirror best-practice research from other high performing countries about the clear articulation of expectation at each level of study and the necessary standards that should be met at each level.
Glancy, E., Fulton, M., Anderson, L., Dounay Zenith, J., & Millard, M. (2014). Blueprint for College Readiness. Denver: Education Commission of the States.
Continue the commitment to college and career ready standards.
Continue Georgia’s rigorous graduation requirements.
Support the Georgia Milestone Assessment System.
Increase use of formative assessments to inform instruction.
Incorporate benchmarks to measure Georgia progress.
Ensure the accountability system holds schools and districts responsible for the success of all students.
Support District Use of Technology.
Support the Innovation Fund, research and evaluation.
Develop and expand supports for student-centered personalized learning.
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