Innovation Lab Network

 The Innovation Lab Network (ILN) is a group of states taking action to identify, test, and implement student-centered approaches to learning that will transform our public education system. The goal of the ILN is to spur system-level change by scaling locally-led innovation to widespread implementation, both within and across states, with a constant focus on student outcomes. Current states in the ILN include Arkansas, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia...

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Innovation Lab Network Programs


College and Career Readiness

ILN states have developed a shared framework for understanding college and career readiness (CCR). This framework focuses on the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that have the greatest impact on student achievement and lifelong success. States are actively incorporating this shared framework into their state definitions of CCR; orienting their education systems to operationalize this goal; and engaging postsecondary stakeholders to ensure seamless pathways to college and career.


Personalized Learning Experiences

ILN states are developing and scaling models of personalized, competency-based, anytime/anywhere learning pathways for students to attain college and career readiness, and are working to prepare educators to thrive within these new pathways.


Balanced Systems of Assessment and Aligned Accountability

ILN states are establishing comprehensive systems of formative and summative assessment, including performance-based measures of deeper learning, that provide meaningful measures of college and career readiness throughout a student’s education. States are also pursuing aligned accountability systems.


Networked Improvement and Innovation

ILN states operate within a peer community facilitated by national practitioners and experts. Each ILN state selects a key staff member to act as the ILN point of contact, and attend informational meetings and workshops aimed at enhancing collaboration, and introducing new approaches to this important work.


Implementing Policy Changes that Support Innovation

CCSSO provides support to ILN states as they work with their legislatures to implement policy changes at the state level that will encourage providing every student with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to graduate college and career ready.