Competency-Based Education implies leaving behind the A-F grading scale and designing instruction that includes explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives to empower students with specificity in their learning and at its best, enables them to move at their own pace (often coupled with personalized learning). It also emphasizes the same departure of other modern pedagogy in that students create knowledge and the ability to use that knowledge going forward. This topic impacts credentialing, mastery and assessment.
By: Susan Patrick. New Zealand has been exploring competency-based learning and assessment as a way to move toward education equity for decades. Here, I look at where they're headed and lessons from the journey so far.
By: Laura Seuscheck. Despite advances in technology, many non-traditional education providers are still struggling to develop high-quality, student-centered, personalized learning experiences. Here are some tips to help.
Graduation rates in six New England states rose from 80% in 2009 to almost 88% in 2015 according to a new report from the Great Schools Partnership. This is largely due to a focus on competency-based education.
The introduction of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) has been a catalyst for the development of assessments that are more aligned to what we actually want next-gen scientists to be able to do and perform.
By: Karla Phillips and Carri Schneider. Competency-based systems create a more transparent, complete, and accurate picture of student achievement than the traditional time-based and cohort-based system.
By: Karla Phillips and Carri Schneider. The experiences of Idaho, Utah and Florida around creating pilot state competency-based education programs confirm that a pilot program is a highly effective way for education leaders to kick-start these efforts.
By: Jonathan Wai, Ann Lupkowski Shoplik and Susan Assouline. One effective way to help talented students remain intellectually challenged and engaged in school is to have them skip a grade. But how do you decide this is right for your child?
By: Karla Phillips. Our new publication "Policy, Pilots and the Path to Competency-Based Education: A Tale of Three States" shares the stories of three states taking different paths to achieve the same goal of creating state CBE pilot programs.