Competency-Based Education is a new approach to learning that allows to students to progress at a flexible pace so they can advance as they master course material. While this may seem like a common-sense tactic, it is anything but ordinary.
For years, education systems have been oriented around calendar days and seat-time requirements, forcing students to adapt to a pre-determined learning schedule. This approach demands all students move at the same pace, regardless of how long it actually takes a child to master a subject. Advanced students have to slow down, and struggling students have to keep up.
But Competency-Based Education redesigns education from an age-based, grade-level system to one where students advance based on what levels of learning they have mastered. Through Competency-Based Education programs, instruction is personalized so students can advance to higher levels of learning as soon as they demonstrate mastery of concepts and skills.
Check out ExcelinEd’s new Competency-Based Education section for an FAQ on the policy, model legislation, stories of states implementing Competency-Based Education and many other resources.