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Our traditional system of measuring and credentialing learning, which we have relied on for over 100 years, can no longer adjust quickly enough to continue preparing our students for success in a world quickly changing as a result of technologies like AI. Traditionally underserved students are likely to suffer the worst from this shift. Competency-based school models take advantage of new tools and strategies to enable students to learn at their own pace, any time, and everywhere, and if designed with a focus on equity they hold great promise for improving learning for all students. The shift from marking time to ‘show what you know’ and ‘move on when ready’ will take a generation to become widespread, but it has the potential to better prepare more young people for the innovation economy. This series explores where we're at in (and ways to accelerate) this shift.

Show What You Know

Home Series Show What You Know
Our traditional system of measuring and credentialing learning, which we have relied on for over 100 years, can no longer adjust quickly enough to continue preparing our students for success in a world quickly changing as a result of technologies like AI. Traditionally underserved students are likely to suffer the worst from this shift. Competency-based school models take advantage of new tools and strategies to enable students to learn at their own pace, any time, and everywhere, and if designed with a focus on equity they hold great promise for improving learning for all students. The shift from marking time to ‘show what you know’ and ‘move on when ready’ will take a generation to become widespread, but it has the potential to better prepare more young people for the innovation economy. This series explores where we're at in (and ways to accelerate) this shift.

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ISTE LIVE 21 Virtual Conference Recap

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Rachelle Dené Poth shares her experience in attending International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Live 21 virtual conference.

One Stone Students Serve Up the Glass Half Full

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One Stone hosted their annual fundraiser One Half Event virtually and saw great success. Here is a recap.

Show What You Know: A Parent’s Guide to the Global Shift to Competency

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Our education system has six big problems, but solutions spurred by global initiates are emerging to tackle these prevalent issues.

Getting Smart on Mastery Learning

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As a culmination of our mastery learning series, we have compiled a Smart Bundle that documents the necessary steps to making these mastery systems measurable, effective and scalable.

Examples of Mastery Thresholds to Enable Mastery Learning in Multiple Subjects

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By: Scott Ellis. Learning objectives and mastery thresholds are the starting point for mastery learning and the skeleton that organizes the content for learning and assessment. This post shares examples of MasteryTrack's collaboration with particular schools and networks to create mastery thresholds associated with specific learning objectives in multiple content areas.

Demonstrating and Assessing Mastery, and Managing Mastery Learning Data

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By Scott Ellis. With learning objectives that are specific, clear and demonstrable and with mastery thresholds that are clearly defined, determining approaches for students to demonstrate mastery is a relatively straightforward two-step process.

Teachers Flip Over Flipgrid

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Flipgrid (@Flipgrid) enables learners to respond to prompts with short videos—most are about a minute, but they can be a long as five minutes. The video platform has become a favorite…

Scaling Competency-Based Education: Equity-Focused Strategies for Policy and Practice

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By: Tom Vander Ark and Mary Ryerse. This week's episode of the Getting Smart Podcast features an in-depth look at the equity imperative behind competency-based education, current barriers to CBE, and five key points to move the field toward CBE for all.

The Case For Competency-Based Education

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The global shift to competency is underway. It will better enable us to meet students where they are, ensure that they get what they need, and help them tell their unique story. Everyone involved in education has opportunities to help make the transition faster, better and more equitably.

The Case for Competency as a New Equity Agenda

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By: Tom Vander Ark and Mary Ryerse. What if our education system was designed with a commitment to equity at the forefront, and was set up to help all students achieve at high levels? This post makes the case for competency-based education as a valuable tool for achieving this goal.

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