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What’s New in K-12 Competency-Based Education?

CompetencyWorks Blog

Author(s): Ashley Jones

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

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Understanding Competency-Based Education and Personalized Learning

  • Virgel Hammonds shares an example of how students can make meaningful connections between what they’re learning and what matters to them.
  • Katie Varatta provides answers to some of the common questions she receives about teaching in a competency-based education environment.
  • An article from Edutopia says that enabling students to experience accomplishments and improvement builds their feeling of competence.


  • A Florida lawmaker is looking to give school districts new alternatives to grading standards that will allow them to create new letter grade interpretations and give students the option of displaying mastery of a subject in lieu of traditional credit hour requirements.
  • This blog offers some suggestions about how to challenge standards-based grading and learning.

Food for Thought  

  • A blog by Julia Freeland Fisher and Ace Parsi offers ways to proactively design an education system with the end goal of equity in mind.
  • Marco Petruzzi discusses measuring student learning with data, trust and time in this article.
  • The discourse around personalized learning has now changed from “why” to “how.” Learn more in this article.

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