Webinar Recap: Insights into Breakthrough Campaigns on Academic Acceleration
November 14, 2019

As a reminder, this webinar was reserved for PIE Network members and partners. Please do not share this post or webinar materials externally.

A policy that is cost-effective, garners bipartisan support, and makes an immediate impact for students can seem too good to be true. That is until PIE Network advocates—and 2019 Eddies! Game Changer of the Year winners—from North Carolina, Washington, and Colorado passed legislation in each of their respective states that increases access to advanced coursework automatically for all qualified students. 

Brenda Berg of BEST NC, Libuse Binder of Stand for Children Washington, and Prateek Dutta of DFER Colorado recently led a webinar for PIE Network members and partners that focused on the  components of each state’s policy, the campaign strategy behind the winning legislation, and lessons learned along the way. These Network leaders shared details of their states’ automatic enrollment policies (also known as academic acceleration), all of which ensure that students with qualifying test scores in a particular subject are automatically enrolled in advanced coursework in the same subject area. As a result, more students who have proven they’re ready are getting access to rigorous academics. And, states are reducing disparities in access to advanced coursework for traditionally underserved students.

Below are some key recommendations for advocates to consider when pursuing academic acceleration in their own state:

  • DFER Colorado built such a wide-ranging coalition by framing the policy as an opportunity to elevate talented students and strengthen the talent pipeline.  
  • Stand for Children Washington stressed the strategic importance of having influential champions within the system to advocate for the policy. 
  • BEST NC emphasized the role data plays in successful policy implementation, including knowing what students qualified for acceleration, which students are actually placed in the next most rigorous class, and which classes are most impacted by the policy. 

For advocates interested in exploring additional research related to academic acceleration policies, view the recording and presentation here, and check out the following resources that were mentioned on the webinar:

If you are interested in learning more about this webinar or would like to connect with other advocates working on academic acceleration, please reach out.

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Hannah Oakley

Hannah is PIE Network's Policy Fellow

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