After 24 years in the K-12 education space, Achieve has shut its doors. Read the statement from Michael Cohen, President of Achieve here.
Our website www.achieve.org will remain available through December 31, 2020.
Former Achieve science team members have founded the NextGenScience project at WestEd where they will continue working with educators and partners across the nation to improve the quality of science education. Please visit their website and @NextGenScience to learn more about their work. They will continue to serve as stewards of the NGSS, sharing resources with the field through the nextgenscience.org website, NGSSNow newsletter, and @OfficialNGS.
All students should graduate from high school ready for college, careers, and citizenship.
States across the country are embracing innovation in education. In recent years, there has been an increase in district pilots that re-envision student learning by promoting competency-based pathways. States have supported these pilots, or “Innovation Zones,” in the hopes that lessons learned can inform their broader vision and potentially lead to expanding pilots statewide. This enthusiasm for innovation has only grown as shifts in federal policy have opened the door for additional flexibility and continued progress.
As states pursue innovation zones, they should carefully consider their implementation strategy. What principles should guide efforts as states create innovation zones? What are the guardrails states must put in place in creating their own innovation zones? This brief explores the state’s role in creating and supporting district innovation zones and discusses key design considerations.