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A Path to the Future: Creating Accountability for Personalized Learning

Anne Hyslop
Sara Mead

Personalized learning transforms students’ daily experiences so that they are customized to their individual needs and strengths. It is rooted in the expectation that students should progress through content based on demonstrated learning instead of seat time.

By contrast, standards-based accountability centers its ideas about what students should know, and when, on grade-level expectations and pacing. The result is that as personalized learning models become more widespread, practitioners are increasingly encountering tensions between personalized learning and state and federal accountability structures.

This paper seeks to help policymakers enable smart innovation and safeguard key accountability functions. By understanding the development of personalized learning and accountability, and articulating the tensions building between them, policymakers can create future accountability policies that work with personalized learning approaches and not against them.

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Read Sara Mead's Op-Ed at U.S. News & World Report.


WASHINGTON—Bellwether Education Partners announced today that Tina Fernandez, who co-leads Bellwether’s Talent Services team, will become the founding executive director of Achieve Atlanta, a new organization dedicated to dramatically increasing the number of Atlanta Public School students graduating from college.


We are happy to launch Ahead of the Heard, the team blog of Bellwether Education Partners!

Ahead of the Heard will be a regular home for commentary, analysis, and original insights from our team. We are confident that the education policy debate will benefit from the voices and perspectives of our staff.