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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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Chugach School District: A Personalized, Performance-Based System

March 2016. This paper explores how an Alaskan school district shifted from a traditional K-12 education system to a personalized, performance-based system, embedded in the culture of the community, which led to increased student achievement. Chugach School District (CSD) first implemented competency education over twenty years ago, paving the way in developing a system founded on student […]


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CompetencyWorks—Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

June 2015. On Thursday, June 25, iNACOL hosted a Special Edition Webinar featuring Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, and Chris Sturgis, Principal of MetisNet, as they discussed the recent CompetencyWorks report titled, Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders. Over the past five years, Chris visited competency-based schools and districts throughout the country […]


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CompetencyWorks: Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts

June 2015. On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, iNACOL hosted a Leadership Webinar featuring Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, and Chris Sturgis, Principal of MetisNet, as they discussed their recently co-authored CompetencyWorks report titled, Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts. In May 2014, twenty-three technical assistance providers convened to discuss the implementation of […]


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Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

June 2015. Competency education, an educator-led reform, is taking root in schools and districts across the country. In some states, state leadership has cleared the path with policies to advance competency education, while others are transitioning with little or no supporting policy. At the same time, innovative school models are popping up all over the United States, […]


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An Introduction to Competency-Based Education

April 2015. On Friday, April 3, iNACOL hosted a Special Webinar featuring Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, and Sandra Dop of the Iowa Department of Education. The concept is simple: learning is best measured by students demonstrating mastery, rather than how much time is spent in a classroom. Competency-based education is a fundamental shift toward […]


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Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts

March 2015. In May 2014, CompetencyWorks brought together twenty-three technical assistance providers to examine their catalytic role in implementing next generation learning models, share each other’s knowledge and expertise about blended learning and competency education, and discuss next steps to move the field forward with a focus on equity and quality. Our strategy maintains that by building […]


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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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An International Study in Competency Education: Postcards from Abroad

October 2014. An International Study in Competency Education: Postcards from Abroad seeks to highlight components of competency education in international practice, to inform US policymakers and decision makers seeking to implement high-quality competency pathways at the state or local level. Other countries are studying our innovations, and we are studying theirs. This report first reviews the definition […]


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Aligning K-12 State Policy with Competency Education

September 2014. This CompetencyWorks brief provides an introduction to competency education with a snapshot of states’ policies regarding competency education. The report notes how states are advancing competency-based learning, and it describes eight ways that states can upgrade their policies.