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Competency-based Education

What is Competency-based Education?

Competency-based Education defines exactly what students should know and be able to do from one level to the next in all subjects.

This proven approach helps teachers, students and families know when students need extra help, and when they need more challenging work and a faster pace.

The traditional model of education was teacher and content centered, with all students in a classroom expected to learn at the same time and in the same way. A teacher would plan and teach lessons from a curriculum, and then create an assessment to see what the students had learned. When students hadn't learned the content, they had no recourse other than to hope to catch up or re-take the course.




The competency-based model is student and competency centered. Teachers write competencies based on state and national standards (defining what each student needs to know and be able to do), decide how students will be able to show that they have met the competency, and then choose curriculum and instructional strategies to help each individual student meet the competency. When students haven't learned the content, they have an opportunity to be taught again. Under this system, students have ownership in their learning, evaluating themselves through formative assessment and working with their teachers to set goals for meeting proficiency.

Subpages (2): Competencies Glossary
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