Overview of K-12 Competency-Based Education

Sunny Deye 6/2/2017
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Overview of K-12 Competency-Based Education

Competency-based education is a term that describes learning progressions based on mastery of content rather than passage of time. In a competency-based education system, students understand learning objectives and also know what they must “know and show” to be proficient. If a student does not demonstrate adequate proficiency to advance, they must be provided with supports and interventions that help them fill the gaps in their knowledge and skills. A competency-based structure enables personalized learning experiences tailored to each student’s strengths, needs, and interests — including enabling student voice and choice in what, how, when and where they learn. Through a variety of approaches, state policymakers are breaking down the barriers to competency-based learning models.

Hear from competency education experts and CompetencyWorks co-founders, Susan Patrick and Chris Sturgis, for an overview on competency education in K-12 education systems. Explore the definition of competency education, understand why states, districts and schools are making this transition, and learn how competency-based approaches more effectively prepare students for post-secondary success.

Sponsored by the NCSL Student-Centered Learning Commission, with generous support from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, this webinar will provide an overview of competency-based education for state legislators and state legislative staff.

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  • Sunny Deye, program director, National Conference of State Legislatures


  • Chris Sturgis, principal, MetisNet; co-founder, CompetencyWorks
  • Susan Patrick, president and CEO, iNACOL; co-founder, CompetencyWorks


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