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Report, CompetencyWorks

What Is Competency-Based Education? An Updated Definition

November 2019

Eliot Levine, Susan Patrick

Issues: State Policy, Base Learning on Mastery, not Seat Time, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education, Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Commit to Equity, Rethink Instruction, Activate Student Agency

Report, CompetencyWorks

Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education

November 2018

Katherine Casey

Issues: State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce, Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Evaluate Quality, Support Professional Learning

Book, CompetencyWorks

Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education

October 2018

Chris Sturgis, Katherine Casey

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Lead Change and Innovation, Evaluate Quality, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments, Activate Student Agency, Engage Community

Report, CompetencyWorks

Levers and Logic Models: A Framework to Guide Research and Design of High-Quality Competency-Based Education Systems

May 2018

Chris Sturgis, Katherine Casey

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, Issues in Practice, Evaluate Quality

Report, CompetencyWorks

Meeting Students Where They Are

April 2018

Antonia Rudenstine, Dixie Bacallao, Sarah Hakani, Sydney Schaef

Issues: Issues in Practice, Rethink Instruction

Report, CompetencyWorks

Designing for Equity: Leveraging Competency-Based Education to Ensure All Students Succeed

April 2018

Chris Sturgis, Katherine Casey

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity

Report, CompetencyWorks

Fit for Purpose: Taking the Long View on Systems Change and Policy to Support Competency Education

January 2018

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issues: State Policy, Redefine Student Success, Create Meaningful Qualifications, Redesign Accountability Systems for Continuous Improvement, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones, Base Learning on Mastery, not Seat Time, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Report, CompetencyWorks

Quality and Equity by Design: Charting the Course for the Next Phase of Competency-Based Education

October 2017

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis, Nina Lopez

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity, Evaluate Quality

Report, CompetencyWorks

In Pursuit of Equality: A Framework for Equity Strategies in Personalized, Competency-Based Education

June 2017

Chris Sturgis

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity

Report, CompetencyWorks

In Search of Efficacy: Defining the Elements of Quality in a Competency-Based Education System

June 2017

Chris Sturgis

Issues: Issues in Practice, Evaluate Quality

Report, CompetencyWorks

Fit for Purpose: Taking the Long View on Systems Change and Policy to Support Competency Education (DRAFT June 2017)

June 2017

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issues: State Policy, Redefine Student Success, Create Meaningful Qualifications, Redesign Accountability Systems for Continuous Improvement, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones, Base Learning on Mastery, not Seat Time, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Report, CompetencyWorks

An Introduction to the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education

June 2017

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Report, CompetencyWorks

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

October 2016

Chris Sturgis

Issues: State Policy, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education, Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report, CompetencyWorks

Chugach School District: A Personalized, Performance-Based System

March 2016

Chris Sturgis

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report, CompetencyWorks

Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

June 2015

Chris Sturgis

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Lead Change and Innovation, Learn Lessons from the Field, Engage Community

Report, CompetencyWorks

Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts

March 2015

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Report, CompetencyWorks

An International Study in Competency Education: Postcards from Abroad

October 2014

Susan Patrick, Sara Frank Bristow

Issues: Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report, CompetencyWorks

Aligning K-12 Federal Policy with Competency Education

September 2014

CompetencyWorks, iNACOL

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity

Report, CompetencyWorks

Aligning K-12 State Policy with Competency Education

September 2014

CompetencyWorks, iNACOL

Issues: State Policy, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Report, CompetencyWorks

A K-12 Federal Policy Framework for Competency Education: Building Capacity for Systems Change

February 2014

Maria Worthen, Lillian Pace

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity

Report, CompetencyWorks

Progress and Proficiency: Redesigning Grading for Competency Education

January 2014

Chris Sturgis

Issues: Issues in Practice, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments

Report, CompetencyWorks

The Learning Edge: Supporting Student Success in a Competency-Based Learning Environment

March 2013

Chris Sturgis, Laura Shubilla

Issues: Issues in Practice, Activate Student Agency

Report, CompetencyWorks

Re-Engineering Information Technology: Design Considerations for Competency Education

February 2013

Susan Patrick, Liz Glowa

Issues: Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report, CompetencyWorks

Necessary for Success: A State Policymaker’s Guide to Competency Education

February 2013

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis

Issues: State Policy, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Report, CompetencyWorks

The Art and Science of Designing Competencies

July 2012

Chris Sturgis

Issues: Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments

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Over the last two decades, the Aurora Institute has driven the transformation toward student-centered, next-generation learning for K-12 education. During that time, the Aurora Institute published more than 200 reports and webinars in support of these efforts.