This competency-based stuff sounds logical—kids should learn what they’re supposed to learn and show what they know—but tradition runs pretty deep. Parents that want their kid to have the best shot at a good college believe grade point is everything and they want junior to have the ability to earn that A with a little extra credit.
The shift to competency rather than chronology as the foundational element of our education system is a more complicated shift than the tradition to digital. It requires us to rethink funding, facilities, structures and staffing. Perhaps the most important barrier is the reality and perception of the college admissions racket. That’s Why Coleman’s Move to College Board is Big. A good set of aligned tests that allow students to demonstrate competence will help shift the focus from activity to learning.
You may think of iNACOL as the online learning folks, but they are also the leading advocates of competency-based learning. This month they launched Competency Works to promote a dialog about how schools work when kids show what they know.
Here’s ten blogs on the subject of competency-based learning from the last 8 weeks. You’ll note that the first three are about new school development—it’s much easier to do this with a clean slate as a new option.
Check out Competency Works tomorrow for a list of 10 edtech advances we need to facilitate the shift from time to learning.