Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56Make It Personal [continued] Current Status In May of 2013, the state legislature passed Connecticut’s Act for Unleashing Innovation in Connecticut Schools.13 This bill states that local boards of education may grant a high school diploma through a “demonstration of mastery based on competency and performance standards, in accordance with guidelines adopted by the State Board of Education.”14 Currently, there are 29 secondary schools and 7 school districts in the process of transforming their education system to be based on a philosophy of personalized learning. For specific recommendations on Make it Personal see Appendix pages 40-41. ACTION STEPS 4 The state, districts and other entities will develop policies and resources to support anytime, anywhere learning, including ways to harness the power of technology to reach all learners anytime and anywhere. 4 The state will review labor policies to ensure students have access to learning opportunities in a variety of organizations in order to pursue personalized learning pathways. 4 Schools and districts will assess student mastery of standards and skills through a variety of authentic assessments. Students are offered choices among assessments. 4 Schools and districts must organize systems and structures that create the conditions for student-centered learning that include student voice and choice. 4 Schools and teachers should provide students a variety of learning opportunities inside and outside of school, including project-based and experiential education, peer learning, career technical education, internships, and apprenticeships. Out of school opportunities are intentionally designed to support mastery of standards. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY | 14