The Innovation Lab Network (ILN)

The Innovation Lab Network resources

The Innovation Lab Network (ILN) is a group of states taking action to identify, test, and implement student-centered approaches to learning that will transform our public education system. The goal of the ILN is to spur system-level change by scaling locally-led innovation to widespread implementation, both within and across states, with a constant focus on student outcomes.

Current states in the ILN include Arkansas, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Schools and districts within these states have been given the opportunity to act as pressure-testers of new and innovative ways to address the needs of their students, with backing and support from their state departments of education.

In the context of the ILN, CCSSO acts as a centralizing entity that facilitates collaboration and communication among ILN states, and provides leadership as states move forward with their innovative efforts.  

These innovations are grounded in shared principles, known as the six critical attributes, including:

  1. Fostering world-class knowledge, skills
  2. Student agency
  3. Personalized learning
  4. Performance-based learning
  5. Anytime/anywhere opportunities
  6. Providing comprehensive systems of learner support


Buddy Harris, Ohio Department of Education

Betty Jo Malchesky, Ohio ILN President

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