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What Is Competency-Based Education?

April 2016. Competency education, an educator-led reform, is taking root in schools and districts across the country. The concept behind competency education is simple: learning is best measured by students demonstrating mastery of learning targets, rather than the number of hours spent in a classroom. By redesigning the education system around actual student learning, we will effectively…


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Next Steps Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

April 2016. The new K-12 federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), gives states increased flexibility over assessment, accountability and use of funding. This represents a marked shift in federal control to states, presenting state and local stakeholders with an important opportunity to redefine what student success looks like and the goals of our nation’s…


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Laying the Foundation for Competency Education: A Policy Guide for the Next Generation Educator Workforce

October 2014. This report provides an overview of how competency-based learning can provide the skills and training necessary to develop a next generation workforce. The paper discusses the new skills that educators will need, policy shifts that will need to occur, pre-service and credentialing, professional development, and evaluation. They provide case studies, including Western Governors University Teachers…


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(Webinar) A K-12 Policy Framework for Competency Education: Building Capacity for Systems Change

February 2014. The presenters describe barriers and opportunities within federal education policy. Based on the recently released iNACOL report, A K-12 Policy Framework for Competency Education: Building Capacity for Systems Change, the authors portray how the federal government can catalyze and scale student-centric learning. As lawmakers in Washington, DC craft a next generation Elementary and Secondary Education…