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A National Snapshot of K-12 Competency-Based Education State Policy Across the U.S.
This map provides a national snapshot of state policies across the United States to enable and advance K-12 competency-based education systems (CBE). Across the country, the landscape of policy is changing. Every year more states establish pilots, innovation zones, and new initiatives. Most of the states with seat-time policies that acted as barriers have found new ways of allowing waivers or credit flexibility for CBE. This map is updated as we learn of new state policy developments.
States with clear policies in support of competency-based education and established roles in building educator capacity in local systems for competency-based education.
States with pilots for competency-based education, and/or credit flexibility policies for school districts to transition to competency education.
States getting started with task forces; some state policy flexibility requiring waivers for systems to shift to competency-based education.
No Active Policy in CBE
States with policies focused on seat-time credits without competency-based pathways.
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