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Exploring Implications for State Policy in Competency-Based Education
Internationally, leading countries have built education systems based on a competency-based education approach as opposed to seat-time requirements that we have in the United States. Currently, innovative states and districts around the country are beginning to challenge the time-based educational system that has been in place for decades by moving to a competency-based approach. A host of policies, structures, and systems must be shifted and aligned in order to implement personalized pathways and systems that call for student demonstration of mastery.
This webinar, co-hosted by The American Youth Policy Forum and the College and Career Readiness and Success Center at the American Institutes for Research, will highlight current efforts across the country, identify promising practices in states, and share resources available for states. Kate Nielson, Policy Analyst, National Governors Association, will highlight national trends and identify major questions when considering competency-based pathways and systems. Diane Smith, Director, Teaching and Learning Initiative, Oregon Business Education Compact, and Sandra Dop, Consultant for 21st Century Skills, Iowa Department of Education, will discuss how their states have conceptualized, developed, and implemented such systems. Carissa Miller, Deputy Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers, will address how the ILN is supporting communities of practice across ILN states to implement competency-based education within their broader framework of college and career readiness and personalized learning.
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