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

CompetencyWorks Blog

Author(s): Dr. Eliot Levine

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

What's New ImagePersonalized Learning

  • In an article published on The 74, Personalized Learning on the Rise, iNACOL President and CEO Susan Patrick shares lessons learned from iNACOL’s national study of personalized learning and teachers and principals rethinking what’s possible in education.

Earning Credit for Anytime, Anywhere Learning

  • New Hampshire’s new Learn Everywhere program, recently passed by the state legislature, provides a mechanism for the State Board of Education to credential community educational programs to extend students’ learning for out-of-school activities and enable students to receive credit toward graduation.

Equity and Anti-Racism

Learner-Centered Leadership

Research on Micro-Credentials for Educators

  • A new white paper from Digital Promise, Research and Educator Micro-credentials, examines how the organization has used research to anchor the content of competency-based micro-credentials and the process for earning them. Quality research will be an asset to expanding this strategy for strengthening professional learning.


  • Defining and Measuring Student Outcomes, a recent report from Education Evolving, provides a clear overview of the purposes and potential for student-centered, competency-based assessment plus strategies for effective implementation.
  • MIT Teaching Systems Lab professor Justin Reich offered a six-week online course entitled Competency-Based Education: The Why, What, and How. The archived course can be viewed at and covers many aspects of CBE implementation for multiple audiences.

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Eliot Levine is the Aurora Institute’s Research Director and leads CompetencyWorks.

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