competency-based education

4 critical issues for competency-based education programs


Competency-based education programs are spreading, and program design is more important than ever

As K-12 competency-based education programs become more widespread, educators and policymakers would do well to focus on four key issues that can make or break high-quality programs, according to a new report.

The CompetencyWorks report, Quality and Equity by Design: Charting the Course for the Next Phase of Competency-Based Education, calls for creating competency-based systems in which the culture, structure, policies, and instructional practices fully support each and every student in their journey toward preparation for college, career, and life.

“K-12 education in the United States and across the world is at a turning point, and we have an opportunity to redesign K-12 education to serve every student,” saysSusan Patrick, CompetencyWorks co-founder and iNACOL president and CEO.

“Competency education systems prepare all students to graduate high school with the academic and lifelong-learning skills to be leaders in their communities, visionaries, and agents of their own success–whether in college, career, or navigating the opportunities and challenges they will encounter in their lives.”

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