The rigors of an interconnected, global society have changed the way in which schools need to approach student success. 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.

But times have changed. In the last 10 years, a school’s ability to dig deep into the specific skill sets of students and provide meaningful information about their strengths and challenges has grown dramatically. Through competency-based education, we can now provide more relevant, personal assessment for...

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  • About the Author:

    Martin Moran is currently the lead designer and director of Bennett Day Upper School in Chicago, a new, independent, project-, and competency-based high school. He has presented at numerous conferences, sits on the board of SXSW EDU, and was recognized by the National Association of Independent Schools as a Teacher of the Future.