Advancing Equity through Personalized Learning - A Policy Brief

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Advancing Equity through Personalized Learning is intended to be a reference for state agencies of education interested in adopting and refining policies and practices to ensure access to personalized learning for students who have been historically underserved, such as English Learners, students with disabilities, students of color, students living in poverty, and students impacted by trauma.

CCSSO’s Innovation Lab Network worked with New Profit’s Reimagine Learning Fund and the America Forward coalition to develop these resources intended for state and local policymakers interested in advancing equity through personalized, deeper learning. These resources include:

  • A review of current literature and research in the field of personalized learning focused on equity
  • Key policy considerations for state and local policymakers
  • To-be-released case studies that highlight promising practices at the school and district levels to close opportunity and achievement gaps

CCSSO previously released Leading for Equity: Opportunities for State Chiefs, which details 10 commitments state chiefs can explore to ensure equity across the education system. The resources in Advancing Equity through Personalized Learning build on the Leading for Equity commitments to specifically support states that are committed to transforming their systems to improve student-centered approaches to learning.

This policy brief, highlights lessons learned from individuals and organizations who are engaged in personalized learning with a specific focus on equity and access for students. For the purpose of this document, we drilled down to several examples of promising practice in the field, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t note that this is a very small sample; other organizations have done a tremendous job of diving deeply into various other aspects of personalized learning. Please refer to the appendix at the end of the document to find more information about additional individuals, schools systems, and organizations engaged in the work of equitable personalized learning. We believe that other practitioners, leaders, and policymakers can learn from the examples in this policy brief and the associated case studies to bolster and advance equity through personalized learning in their specific and unique context(s).

Read our research review here.

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