Increased Learning Time

Understanding the Costs to Expand Learning Time in School

On Monday, February 10, the National Center on Time and Learning (NCTL) held a Webinar titled “Understanding the Costs to Expand Learning Time in School.” The Webinar reported on findings from the “Financing Expanded Learning Time Schools” report, which was released with support from The Wallace Foundation.

Schools, Districts, and States Transform Seat-based Requirements into Competency-based Pathways to College- and Career-Readiness

Schools today are struggling to achieve innovation, efficiency, and effective reform with limited financial resources. To allay these challenges met by education leaders, the U.S. Department of Education has suggested some approaches to increase educational productivity. Among these recommendations, the Department makes a strong case for policies targeted at personalized learning and competency-based pathways.

When Success Is the Only Option: Designing Competency-Based Pathways for Next Generation Learning

This brief argues that a competency-based approach to education is necessary to maximize learning opportunities and student diversity in the 21st century. Drawing from expertise in the field and the preexisting research base, this paper attempts to pinpoint the characteristics of high-quality and effective competency-based pathways. Additionally, it articulates the conditions wherein innovation and implementation of competency-based approaches have surged, and the associated setbacks and challenges states and districts are facing as a result. 


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