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Proficiency-Based Learning Simplified 

CompetencyWorks Blog

Author(s): Chris Sturgis

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

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Last week on the CompetencyWorks advisory board call we had a conversation about the growing interest in competency education.  It’s both good and not such good news.  It’s good for kids because it will help us advance competency education across our nation. It’s not such great news as we are still in early stages of fully understanding all the implementation issues so that underserved students get the help they need when they need it.  So if it becomes the newest trend, we are likely to see models that are called competency education where students are still being left behind.

So one way to guard against it is to share resources widely from trusted partners that have equity at the heart of their work.  For example, the Great Schools Partnership is offering a free webinar on February 5th on the topic of developing effective graduation standards and performance indicators” “In this webinar, participants will learn about the fundamental components of an effective proficiency-based teaching and learning system.  Because in a proficiency-based classroom, teachers target standards as their instructional foci, participants will also learn how to identify graduation standards—those skills and concepts that are at the heart of a discipline—as well as the performance indicators students must achieve to demonstrate proficiency of those graduation standards.”

You can register by clicking here.