Learning Policy Institute

For Supporting Deeper Learning Initiatives

  • Amount
    $1,600,000
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
    7/10/2017
  • Term
    24 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Program
Overview
The Learning Policy Institute commissions, conducts, and communicates independent research to shape and advance evidence-based policies that support equitable access to deeper learning. With this grant, the institute will investigate how deeper learning can improve underserved students’ educational outcomes. It also will support and expand the California Performance Assessment Collaborative, a statewide collaboration of districts and schools that use performance assessments, capstone projects, and/or portfolios to measure students’ competency for graduation.
About the Grantee
Address
1530 Page Mill Road, Suite 200
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support  
The Institute for Education Policy is a new research and policy think tank that aims to use rigorous research to develop and advance education policy solutions. The institute will (a) support policy development in states that are part of the Council of Chief State School Officers’ Innovation Lab Network, concentrating on accountability; (b) support a funder collaborative focused on deeper learning research and policy efforts; (c) work with the Alliance for Excellent Education to support nonprofits working on policy reform; and (d) conduct research on deeper learning policies and practices in states. The institute will contribute to building the research base and policy supports needed for deeper learning to progress in states.
for the California Performance Assessment Collaborative  
The Institute for Education Policy is a national, nonpartisan education think tank that uses high-quality research to help education stakeholders advance evidence-based policies that support equitable learning. This grant aids in launching the California Performance Assessment Collaborative, a statewide pilot to help policymakers understand what is needed to broadly implement new, high-quality graduation performance assessments as alternatives to traditional measures. Greater use of such assessments of deeper learning outcomes will give practitioners and policymakers the opportunity to learn from one another, identify common principles, and engage in research on practices.
for research and communications on deeper learning and educational equity  
The Learning Policy Institute conducts, commissions, and communicates independent research to shape policies that improve learning and collaborates with leaders in education, government, and business to advance evidence-based policies that support equitable access to deeper learning. The institute will lead an effort to document how deeper learning impacts and can leverage greater equity through a series of studies and commissioned papers, narratives about practice, convenings, and communication strategies. This work advances the Education Program’s strategic goal of pursuing deeper learning for all children, with a special emphasis on those who have been underserved in the past.

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