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CompetencyWorks Releases New Report: Reaching the Tipping Point: Insights on Advancing Competency Education in New England

Washington, D.C. (October 4, 2016) – Today, CompetencyWorks released a new report: Reaching the Tipping Point: Insights on Advancing Competency Education in New England. This paper explores K-12 competency-based education policy and practice across six New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Competency education is expanding across the country as a means to ensure all students are mastering the skills and knowledge to be successful in college, career and civic life. This paper explores the core concepts of competency education, provides insights in policy and practice across six New England states and analyzes the impact of competency education on quality, equity, scaling and sustainability. This report draws lessons learned and insights from educators and policymakers in New England and is intended for district leadership and policymakers seeking to introduce competency-based education within their states.

Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks Co-Founder, said, “With over 50% of New England districts planning or transitioning toward competency education, this is a story about leaders who are committed to helping every high school graduate be ready for college and careers. States and districts are creating a more personalized approach to education and a system in which learning, proficiency, pace, and progress are at its very core.”

Susan Patrick, iNACOL President and CEO, said, “Rooted in equity, competency-based education systems are being developed by individuals who feel the urgency to do better—for students, teachers and communities. Goal-oriented policy and practice create the conditions to transform K-12 education to ensure all students maximize their potentials.”

Download a full copy of Reaching the Tipping Point: Insights on Advancing Competency Education in New England here.

For more information about CompetencyWorks, a project of iNACOL dedicated to advancing K-12 competency education, please visit


About iNACOL

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using online, blended, and competency-based education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of classroom, school, and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our website, like us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on twitter.


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