A Path to the Future: Creating Accountability for Personalized Learning

Anne Hyslop, Sara Mead, Bellweather, May 07, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This reflects our experience developing a personal learning environment: "as personalized learning models become more widespread, practitioners are increasingly encountering tensions between personalized learning and state and federal accountability structures." 49 page PDF. The paper is directed toward policymakers to help them understand how to look at personalized learning while maintaining accountability frameworks. It focuses on: tensions in equity - personalized learning may advantage the already advantaged; tensions in philosophy - personalized learning opposes the idea of a single standard set of outcomes for all; and differing perceptions of risk. It recommends moving away from end-of-year standardized testing and toward mastery testing geared to individual timetabled.

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