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What Is Competency-Based Education? An Updated Definition

November 2019. This report updates the field's 2011 working definition of competency-based education, which helped to build the field and create common understandings of key elements in competency-based systems among stakeholders. Competency-based education is being implemented at deeper levels in more schools every year. It is a major shift in school culture, structures, and pedagogy focused on…


A Strategic Reflection on the Field of Competency-Based Education

October 2019. Schools and districts across the United States are realizing the promise of competency-based education – transforming the culture and structure of the traditional time-based system into one that is designed to help every student succeed. View this archived webinar to hear Susan Patrick and Eliot Levine reflect on the current state of competency-based education. Gain…


Supporting Educators Transitioning to a Competency-Based and Personalized Learning System

September 2019. The journey to competency-based education (CBE) is often filled with lessons, challenges, detours, setbacks, and successes. Though there are many on-ramps to future-focused student-centered learning models, the shift typically begins with a question: how can we do better on behalf of our young learners to adequately prepare them for life after K-12 education? This webinar…


An Introduction to K-12 Competency-Based Education

May 2019. Competency-based education, also referred to as mastery-based, proficiency-based or performance-based education, is a system of education designed to equitably ensure all students develop the success skills they will need for college, career and life. This webinar will answer the most frequently asked questions about why competency-based education is important, how it relates to personalization, what…


Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education

October 2018. This book, developed with input involving practitioners as part of the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education, offers 16 Quality Design Principles to guide the development of competency-based learning with the goal of creating a system in which every student succeeds. While producing high-quality schools certainly requires attention to the structure, policy and operations, it…


Innovation Zones: Creating Policy Flexibility for Competency-Based Personalized Learning (updated August 2018)

August 2018. This issue brief describes what innovation zones are, why they are important and highlights how the following seven states/localities have approached their innovation zones statutes and regulations: Arkansas Colorado Kentucky Minnesota Mississippi New York City North Dakota Innovation zones or districts of innovation help state policy leaders identify outdated policies and regulations that may get…


Levers and Logic Models: A Framework to Guide Research and Design of High-Quality Competency-Based Education Systems

May 2018. Levers and Logic Models: A Framework to Guide Research and Design of High-Quality Competency-Based Education Systems, uses logic model frameworks to convey relationships between essential levers (outcomes, drivers and mediating factors) that inform the design of competency-based education systems and critical components of competency-based practice at four interdependent levels (student experience, professional practice of educators, district…


Meeting Students Where They Are

April 2018. Meeting Students Where They Are, written by Antonia Rudenstine, Sydney Schaef, Dixie Bacallao and Sarah Hakani of reDesign, provides school and district leaders with an in-depth exploration of the relational, pedagogical and structural dimensions of meeting students where they are in K-12 competency-based education systems. Competency-based education models, designed to ensure equity for all students,…


Communication Strategies for Education Leaders Shifting Toward Competency-Based, Personalized Learning

April 2018. View this archived webinar to learn ways to communicate with stakeholders about shifting toward a competency-based and personalized system. Understand emerging national trends from a recent survey and landscape analysis on the best ways to communicate about competency-based and personalized learning, and cater these promising practices to your local context. Presenters: Chris Sturgis, Principal, MetisNet;…


Designing for Equity: Leveraging Competency-Based Education to Ensure All Students Succeed

April 2018. This publication offers equity strategies for personalized, competency-based education to ensure a more equitable K-12 education system. Districts and schools can use the equity principles within this report to develop an equity agenda within their personalized, competency-based systems. Competency-based education systems, designed to ensure all students achieve success, holds promise as a uniquely powerful model…