CAPSS, CABE and CAS recently released the report A Look to the Future: Personalized learning in Connecticut. The purpose of this report is to specify the steps that have to be taken in order to enable school districts to transform public education in Connecticut into a system that fosters personalized learning. The CAPSS NextEd Report calls for exactly this transformation so public education can meet the expectation that every child in Connecticut will learn what he or she needs to know and be able to do in order to advance to the next step in the process of leading decent and productive lives.
It is very important to understand the rational for this report. It has two goals: (1) To identify the barriers to personalized learning inherent in current public policy and to suggest t\how they can be removed. (2) To identify incentives that can encourage districts to implement personalized learning.
Nothing in this paper should be considered as an argument to make personalized learning a mandate.