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An Introduction to K-12 Competency-Based Education


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The Aurora Institute hosted a webinar to introduce participants to K-12 competency-based education (CBE) across the United States.

This webinar answered common questions about what competency-based education is, why it’s important, and what policies are needed to enable the shift to CBE systems. Joined by a Mastery Instructional Coach and a Youth Ambassador from the Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria, in New York City, we also examined what it looks like in practice in schools and discussed professional learning resources for transitioning to a competency-based approach.

Competency-based education enables students to advance upon demonstrating mastery and move on when ready to build new knowledge and skills. Competency-based education systems seek to transform the culture, structure, and learning practices of K-12 schools and districts to ensure that all students develop the skills they will need for success in college, career, and life. It is also called mastery-based, proficiency-based, and performance-based education.

Watch this webinar to learn from education leaders about competency-based education systems in K-12.

An Introduction to K-12 Competency-Based Education


  • Trianne Ysabelle Hontiveros, 11th-Grade Student and Mastery Ambassador, The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria
  • Fred Jones, Policy Director, the Aurora Institute
  • Eliot Levine, Research Director, the Aurora Institute
  • Gregory Zimdahl, Humanities Instructor and Mastery Instructional Coach, The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria