This summary of competency-based learning from iNACOL is a great introduction and overview about one of the most exciting trends in teaching and learning.
Frequently, competency education is described as simply flexibility in awarding credit or defined as an alternative to the Carnegie unit. Yet, this does not capture the depth of the transformation of our education system from a time-based system to a learning-based system. Competency education also holds promise as districts explore new ways to expand and enrich support to students, challenging the assumption that learning takes place within the classroom. Competency-based approaches are being used at all ages from elementary school to graduate school level, focusing the attention of teachers, students, parents, and the broader community on students mastering measurable learning topics.
As part of iNACOL’s Summer Spotlight Series, we’ve gathered together some of our favorite learning materials to help you explore competency education more deeply as you consider the upcoming school year and the ongoing transformation toward personalized learning.
Understanding Competency Education
Making Mastery Work: A Close-Up View of Competency Education – Nellie Mae Education Foundation
The Shift from Cohorts to Competency – Digital Learning Now & Getting Smart
Implementing Competency Education
Progress and Proficiency: Redesigning Grading for Competency Education – CompetencyWorks
The Art and Science of Designing Competencies – CompetencyWorks
Competency Education Series: Policy Brief One – KnowledgeWorks
From Policy to Practice: How Competency-Based Education Is Evolving in New Hampshire – Christensen Institute
Learner-Centered Instruction in Action – Maine Department of Education
What Is Competency-Based Education? – Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Transforming Education – Lindsay Unified School District
Iowa BIG – Animation Overview – Cedar Rapids Community School District
MCL: Lori Schedules Her Learning Plan – Mass Customized Learning
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