Outlines discussions about the potential and challenges of competency-based learning in transforming the current time-based system, including issues of accountability, equity, personalization, and aligning policy and practice. Includes case summaries.
- Observation: In competency-based learning, students advance upon mastery; competencies include explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives; assessment is meaningful and a positive learning experience; students receive timely, differentiated support; and learning outcomes include application and creation of knowledge, along with the development of important skills and dispositions.
- Observation: In order to ensure an effective and equitable competency-based system, students need to be put first and approached as customers, and districts and schools must design systems around the educational needs (both academic and lifelong learning) of their students.
- Observation: Incentives need to be aligned around an outcome-based system that keeps student learning at the core of policy.