Competency-Based Learning Puts Students at the Center. It’s Perfect for Now.

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Then COVID-19 catapulted education into crisis mode, forcing her and all students and teachers into at-home learning situations across the world. Older students employed as essential workers, at grocery stores and warehouse distribution centers, lost significant learning time.

What Is Competency-Based Learning, Why Does It Matter?

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New Hampshire and educator John Martin are at the forefront of the competency-based learning movement. In today’s show, we’ll give you an overview of competency-based learning including some of the benefits and the problems. Whatever your school situation, by having teachers agree upon standard competencies that students master, schools can be more certain of what students know. Even assessment changes with competency-based learning.

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4 important lessons our school learned about competency-based learning

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In previous generations, the “organize and sort” method, typified by an A-F grading scale, was the most thorough manner of assessing students given the lack of unifying systems that could track and chart specific skill development. Through competency-based education, we can now provide more relevant, personal assessment for each student and use that assessment to truly develop an equitable model of student success—as long as we are willing to accept innovation.

Competency-based learning: the ultimate student-centered education

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Students need to attend certain courses at certain times and be assessed in certain ways. Competency-based education might be the best solution in these circumstances. On top of this, more and more universities offer competency-based learning programs to address the needs of all their students. What is competency-based learning? Time is not the best measurement for learning.

Why a high-performing district is changing everything with competency-based learning

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Her teacher has embraced competency-based learning, which asks students to take more control in the classroom. The reform model is known by several different names, including proficiency-based education. Related: How to unlock students’ internal drive for learning.

New to Competency-Based Learning? Here're Five Ways to Assess It

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Principal Chris Huckans believes that competency-based education (CBE) is one of the keys to the school’s success. Huckans says that Bishop Hall’s use of the Brightspace learning management system provides students with highly personalized learning pathways, which “allow them to innovate and experiment.” He adds, “Kids are allowed to learn at their own pace, and can learn experientially.” Portfolios also highlight learning’s natural progression.

Competency Based Learning: How Flipped Mastery Makes CBL Possible

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In 2011, a group of educators met at the Competency Based Learning Summit. During that Summit, the leaders identified five key tenets of Competency Based Learning (CBL): Students advance upon mastery. Competencies include explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives that empower students. Assessment is meaningful and a positive learning experience for students. Not planning their competencies and objectives clearly.

How to make competency-based education possible through an intelligent learning platform

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Competency-based education plays an essential role in this endeavor. As its name suggests, this type of learning focuses on individual competency. Competency-based learning is easier to implement when you have the right tools. Add competencies.

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How to close learning gaps with the help of an intelligent learning platform

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Even if schools strived to offer the best support and equitable distance learning opportunities, this was not always possible. This mix of factors increased learning gaps at individual, class, institutional, and state levels. Once they happen, learning gaps are hard to close.

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‘Toolkit’ Breaks Down K-12 Districts’ Shifts Into Competency-Based Learning

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A new online guide offers resources for K-12 districts trying to implement competency-based learning—and it offers a primer for K-12 companies on those systems' most pressing needs. The post ‘Toolkit’ Breaks Down K-12 Districts’ Shifts Into Competency-Based Learning appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Assessments / Testing competency-based education Curriculum / Digital Curriculum Digital Promise

Steps to Help Schools Transform to Competency-Based Learning

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It’s no longer a given that if a child spends twelve years in school, he or she will learn enough to succeed in higher education or a career. If a student fails to learn a skill, he or she accepts that result and moves on to the next topic with the rest of the class. Competency-based learning, on the other hand, insists on mastery of subjects and provides students the time to learn; the students are not marched past failure.

Who Wants a Bell Curve? The Strong Case for Mastery Learning in Math

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This type of learning is a house of cards. To develop mastery , students must acquire foundational skills, practice using them together, and know when to apply what they have learned. Learning is contextual. Education Technology Competency-Based Learning STEM

Khan Academy Wants to Make 'Mastery Learning' Mainstream. Will Partnering With Schools Help?

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A big idea driving Khan Academy is a belief in “mastery learning”—that students should show proficiency in one set of materials before moving on to the next. Ideally, integration with our assessments. From the beginning, one of your key philosophies has been mastery learning.

Southern New Hampshire President to Advise Education Dept. on Competency-Based Learning

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Mr. LeBlanc will be involved with the department’s innovation agenda, specifically its experiments with competency-based education and with establishing new accreditation methods for innovative programs. Southern New Hampshire University has been at the forefront of competency-based education with its College for America program, which was the first competency-based degree program approved by the department to award student aid based on the direct assessment of student learning. “I

Combining Online Courses With In-Person Supports, ‘Hybrid Colleges’ Unite

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There is mutual interest in learning from each other, when the models are different, what is driving student success?” Hybrid college programs are a symbiosis between online higher ed institutions and nonprofits that provide place-based support systems.

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Competencies vs. Skills

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After looking at what I had on the slide and listening to my analysis, she commented that I was (or should be) referencing and explaining competencies, not just skills, which students will need. As I reflected on her feedback I began to dive deeper into what the difference is between competencies and skills as well as their implications on learning. Competencies outline "how" the goals and objectives will be accomplished.

Goodbye ABCs: How One State is Moving Beyond Grade Levels and Graded Assessments

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The program—short for “no grades, no grades”—is hallmarked by the schools shifting to a more competency-based assessment structure and removal of grade levels. Mary Earick, project director for NG2, says the purpose of the program is to create more flexible learning pathways for students through “competency-based multiage schooling,” which allows students to move on to new objectives only after mastering others. “[NG2]

Standards-Based Grading: Hope vs. Reality

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Standards-based grading (SBG)—or competency-based grading—measures student progress relative to specific learning standards. Of course, a grading overhaul like this requires a huge shift in a school’s approach to teaching and assessment.

3 Tips for Developing and Assessing Soft Skills: First, Take Off Your Emotional Armor

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Based on my years of experience as a child therapist—helping young people build stronger, sturdier, more purposeful and hopeful lives—I would define what Jamal brought to the room as. In my role as the Chief Culture Officer at Valor Collegiate Academy , I’ve been wrestling lately with how to quantify, develop, and measure competencies like vulnerability in children (and adults) so that experiences like Jamal’s can become the rule rather than the exception.

Sal Khan: Test Prep Is ‘the Last Thing We Want to Be’

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He’s started working with more schools and districts—instead of reaching students mainly at home—and has partnered with assessment groups, such as the College Board and, most recently, the NWEA for personalized test prep materials. The latter group administers the MAP Assessment—a test designed to measure growth in reading and math. A teacher will cover a topic for a couple of weeks and then there’ll be an assessment.

Why a K-12 Operating System is the Next Step in the Evolution of Edtech

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This competency-based system made sense; if students were chronically absent, holding them accountable to a pacing calendar would prove futile. To supplement in-person support offered during class and lunch periods, I published a simple Google site to house my lessons, assessments, and other resources. Abbas Manjee's standards-based Algebra 1 scope and sequence. At the time, I had no idea this system was called “standards-based grading.”

Building a Bridge from 21st Century Learners to 21st Century Earners

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It does mean, however, that entrepreneurial skill sets will move from the margins associated with a rare percentage of the population to the mainstream—as more professionals tap into these competencies in their job searches. Children will need to master skills and competencies relevant to this emerging world of work. We often think about competency-based learning as an input—a method of instruction that is mastery based and not time-based.

How Improving Student Feedback and Teaching Data Science Restored Our Classroom Culture

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The learning environment was tense, my students were angsty and I didn't have the information or strategies to make it better. Little did I know that by 2019 I would find a way to apply the data science strategies I learned as a geologist to bring joy and engagement back to my classroom. I came away from the institute eager to try inquiry-based instruction in my class during the 2015-16 school year.

Curriculum Design is Emotional Work—This Teacher Makes It Easier

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competency-based (a.k.a. standards-based) school for at-risk youth, pre-packaged curriculum and assessments offered very little flexibility for personalization or modification. Plus, the available content was designed around how much time I’d spend teaching it versus what I actually needed to get students adept at learning the topic at hand. This was at odds with my experience, because I relied extensively on edtech for assessments.

How to Bring ‘Mastery Learning’ to the Classroom

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One of the most popular topics these days in education is mastery learning—the idea that the pace of a class should match what each student is ready to learn, as a way to ensure they’re really grasping material. But it can be hard to show educators what mastery learning looks like in practice since it doesn’t follow a traditional pacing schedule. EdSurge: When you were teaching, you were known for this mastery-based, flipped learning approach.

Four Ways to Redefine Parent Teacher Conferences—With a Little Help from Ironman

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As a former New York City high school teacher, I know that parent-teacher conferences seldom provide parents with enough time to process what their children learned, what they’re interested in, and what needs improvement. Talk about what's being learned, not what's missing. I had effectively created the conditions necessary for my students to self-advocate, which, as I would later learn, meant parent-teacher conferences would be less of a performance review.

The Risks and Rewards of Getting Rid of Grade Levels

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Back then, the Chinese language program at Latin had begun piloting a proficiency-based model, which is structured differently from a traditional grade-based model. The proficiency-based model is closely related to competency-based learning, where students are grouped with those who are closest to their language abilities, regardless of age or seat time. It’s OK, as long as you learned from this.” “But, Ms. Wang, why am I in this class?”

Don’t Teach Grit. Embed It.

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But what has been left unsaid is how our current system of education works systematically against instilling these skills in students, and how we could naturally embed the development of grit in students—in a way that doesn’t talk explicitly about grit—by moving to a competency-based learning system. In today’s system, time is held as a constant and each student’s learning is variable. As a result, they develop major holes in their learning.

Looking to Ditch Traditional Grades? Here’s How to Get Stakeholders On Board

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For Scott Looney, there’d be no hesitating: He would have every school switch from traditional grading to competency-based evaluations. Rather than a traditional GPA, the group imagines a credit-based transcript , with links to artifacts that demonstrate students’ mastery across different competencies. Whether they call it competency-, mastery-, or standards-based grading, the movement aims to improve students outcomes sans As, Bs, and Cs.

We Know SEL Skills Are Important, So How the Heck Do We Measure Them?

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SEL and MESH competencies. Whatever you call them, a growing body of research suggests these non-academic, social-emotional competencies deserve our attention. Studies have linked social-emotional learning (SEL) programs with improved focus, stronger relationships, lower anxiety and higher test scores. Even American political parties, at-odds about everything, agree SEL competencies play a vital role in the economic success of today’s students. Soft skills.

How One High School is Helping Students Craft Eportfolios People Will Actually Read

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A significant number of K-12 teachers looking to move away from student success measures that focus on standardized testing and grades are turning towards eportfolios, online websites showcasing projects tied to learning objectives. On the platform, students were expected to do more than document what they learned; she wanted them to actively consider their audience when writing posts. Seeing a student in high school learning how to do it doesn’t often happen.

Inputs Do Not Guarantee Outcomes: Getting Online Credit Recovery Right

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In a recent editorial , the Los Angeles Times called into question the district’s record-high 75 percent graduation rate, as it said that the figure was based in part on LA Unified’s dependence on its less-than-rigorous online credit-recovery courses. Actual learning—not a piece of paper—should be the goal for every student. With rigorous, competency-based learning, effort is all but guaranteed since students must keep working until they truly master material.

The Four Biggest Challenges to Implementing Maine's Proficiency-Based Diploma

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Maine has long been an innovator in education, stemming back to the Maine Learning Technology Initiative. Now all eyes are on our corner of the country as we transition from a traditional seat-time high school diploma to a proficiency-based diploma. I believe the new proficiency-based diploma requirements are yet another beacon of educational leadership and innovation, one that will alter our education system in meaningful and lasting ways.

10 Principles Of Proficiency-Based Learning

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10 Principles Of Proficiency-Based Learning. 10 Principles Of Proficiency-Based Learning ” by Chris Sturgis was originally published on CompetencyWorks. Great Schools Partnership continues to produce great resources to support states and districts converting to competency education. They have drawn from what districts are doing in New England and have created Proficiency-based Learning Simplified resources.

A tale of two competency-based districts

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Districts around the country are moving away from teaching models based on lectures and textbooks—but transition isn’t always simple. Creating a competency-based or mastery-based environment requires re-thinking everything, including teaching methods, assessments, and how to best prepare students for life after school. Rather than focusing on traditional curricula, we transitioned to a mastery-based learning model.

Why Continuing Education Programs Are Poised to Become Hubs of Innovation

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Because of their mission and relative autonomy on university campuses, continuing education programs—in the form of extension schools and schools of continuing and professional education—are well-positioned to experiment with different student-centered learning models, create innovative programs that generate new revenue streams, and build bridges with industry partners. MOOCs are not the only ones that offer on-demand learning today.

These Red Flags Signal Competency Education’s Three Biggest Misconceptions

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I’ve continued to go back to Tony Wan’s piece, Why There’s Little Consistency in Defining Competency-Based Education. I’m thrilled he wrote it, as I think it holds up a mirror to all of us working in the world of competency-based education about where we can do better. If you don’t understand that the traditional system of education is designed to rank and sort students, then it’s really hard to understand competency-based education.

What a Summer Prototype Taught Us About Measuring Quality in an Unbundled Education System

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In the summer of 2016, a community of educators, research design partners, and over 150 teens and young adults in Colorado engaged in a bold experiment to rethink how quality and impact might be measured in a modernized system of learning. In this relatively small, short-cycle prototype, the lessons we learned were significant. Why focus outside of formal learning time for our design work? Framework for the Future of Learning.

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Why There’s Little Consistency in Defining Competency-Based Education

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Enter competency-based learning (CBE), a term introduced in the 1970s when the U.S. This is the standard definition of competency-based education that most educators, policymakers and researchers largely agree with: a system in which students progress based on their demonstration of mastery of a certain concept or skill. In practice, competency-based education resembles the thousand-flower garden. Disruptive innovation.

Flipped Learning: Mastering the Three-minute Mastery Check

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Listen to Jon’s Mastery Check model for quality formative assessments. Listen to Jon’s Mastery Check model for quality formative assessments. BLOG FLIPPED MASTERY competency based learning Flipped LearningJoin Jon in Part 5 in the Flipped-Mastery Series. This is the follow-up to Jon’s episode about no more quizes. Join Jon in Part 5 in the Flipped-Mastery Series. This is the follow-up to Jon’s episode about no more quizes.