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

CompetencyWorks Blog

Author(s): Natalie Slocum

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

What's new! star graphicA Must-Read: The Hewlett Foundation Assessment for Learning Work Group released Principles for Assessment Design and Use to Support Student Autonomy.

Thought Leadership


  • This article examines the ways in which we assess students’ high school experiences and the impact this has on their eligibility for college.

Recruiting and Supporting Educators


  • The Colorado Education Initiative released a new strategy that includes Competency-Based/Personalized Learning, and states that CEI is intensifying their efforts to help districts build systems where students advance based on demonstrated readiness and educators tailor learning for each student’s strengths, needs, and interests.
  • Colorado’s Thompson School District is launching a “Seeing Is Believing” Tour as a type of professional learning where practitioners across 10 secondary schools work across buildings to showcase their classrooms, share success stories, and to unite as a district to do what’s best for students.The Donnell-Kay Foundation embarked on a journey across Colorado schools to examine how schools that have transitioned to a four-day school week are leveraging the fifth day. Here’s an update on their journey and learnings.



  • Louisiana Superintendent John White told a U.S. Senate committee that the state’s plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act is based on the idea of academic mastery and suggests calibrating around NAEP.


  • Lindsay Unified School District received a Teacher School Leader Incentive grant, which will provide up to $28 million over three years to recruit and broaden the skill sets of its teachers and provide operating support for the Empower learning program.
  • This California summer school program focuses on mastery, rather than seat time.

New Hampshire


New York

  • New York’s Lafayette Big Picture School is focusing on meeting every learner where they are and unleashing the unique possibilities within each one, as described in this Education Reimagined article.

New Resource

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