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Cracking the Code: Synchronizing Policy and Practice for Performance-Based Learning

Author(s): Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis

Organization(s): iNACOL, CCSSO, MetisNet

Issue(s): State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education, Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

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Leaders and innovators in competency education convened at the 2011 Competency-Based Learning Summit to explore how state policy can loosen its regulatory handcuffs from educators attempting to move toward competency-based learning models. This paper is designed to answer the following 4 questions:

  • What is performance-based learning?
  • What are states doing to advance performance-based learning?
  • What type of policy framework can guide state leadership in advancing a performance-based education system?
  • What are the emerging issues in redesigning the education system around performance-based learning?

By drawing on insights and innovations across the country, these leaders seek to expedite the process of constructing policies that promote innovative competency-based education systems.