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What’s New in K-12 Competency Education?

CompetencyWorks Blog

Author(s): Natalie Slocum

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

What's NewUpcoming Events

CompetencyWorks is hosting a Leadership webinar on advancing competency education in New England on Wednesday, January 11 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. Learn more and register.

New York City’s Mastery Collaborative is hosting upcoming Living Lab online sessions. Register here.

  • Wednesday, January 4, 4:00 p.m. ET: KAPPA International High School—Messaging Mastery with Language and Visuals
  • Thursday, January 5, 4:00 p.m. ET: Harvest Collegiate High School—Building a School-Wide Philosophy of Mastery



  • This podcast by Cortney Belolan and Matt Shea discusses the “what” and “why” of competency education, and the “how” of implementation.
  • Getting Smart released a podcast featuring students from the iNACOL Symposium’s student panel, sharing their thoughts on transforming K-12 education.

School Models

Policy Updates

  • The Tennessee Department of Education created the Personalized Learning Task Force, and released a report including recommendations to use competency-based education as a strategy to tailor learning.
  • KnowledgeWorks released a memo advising the new administration on scaling personalized learning.
  • New Hampshire Governor-elect Chris Sununu will make key education appointments in his first months in office, which could impact the advancement of competency education within the state.
  • Colorado’s Westminster Public Schools received a low performance rating from the Colorado Department of Education, despite a request for reconsideration from the schools, and could face sanctions under the state’s accountability system.


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