Competency Education Hub Page

KnowledgeWorks has created multiple resources surrounding the framework for competency education. Following are some of the most current publications and links to resources from organizations also doing important work in this area.

A K-12 Federal Policy Framework for Competency Education
KnowledgeWorks and The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) released a report which provides a comprehensive vision for supporting state and local efforts to implement student-centered learning through competency education, where learning is the constant and time is the variable. The report, “A K-12 Federal Policy Framework for Competency Education: Building Capacity for Systems Change,” describes barriers and opportunities which federal policy makers and advocates can leverage to help catalyze change in our K-12 education system.

Competency Education Series: Policy Brief One
Part one of the Competency based education series includes a working definition for competency education, examples of states doing the ground breaking work in this area and an appropriate role for the federal government to remove policy barriers and to create diagnostic and assessment tools to measure effectiveness. Included in this publication is a continuum to help innovators and policymakers differentiate between full-scale competency models and those that have begun to pave the way for this work.

Competency Education Series: Policy Brief Two:
This paper, the second policy brief in KnowledgeWorks’ Competency Education Series, examines three federal innovation competitions: Race to the Top, the Investing in Innovation Fund, and the Race to the Top-District, to better understand their impact on the growth of competency education. KnowledgeWorks’ analysis and conclusions are based on a thorough review of applications submitted by states, districts, and non-profit organizations seeking funds in each of these competitions. This review of applications provides great insight into the paradigm shift to competency education including evidence of heightened demand for this approach and emerging commonalities across models that will help inform the national conversation about how to develop systems to support this work at scale. Detailed summaries of the applications and their competency elements are included in an appendix section.

Lillian Pace on the the KnowledgeWorks/iNACOL New Report on Competency Education: – Building Capacity for Systems Change

Matt Williams on the move to Competency Based Education: National Journal, Experts in Education blog.

Lillian Pace blog post lead in for EducationWeek article on Competency as a pathway for the future of education

Main takeaways from Jesse Moyer on Districts Shifting to Competency Education from the the AYPF webinar.

Jesse Moyer on the approval of Maine’s NCLB Waiver and the implications of that on Competency education in the Pine Tree State in: Big Week for Competency Education.

Katherine Prince on Making Competency Work for Dropout Recovery.

Matt Williams calls for a parallel waiver option allowing states to explore implementation of a competency/proficiency system in ESEA Waiver Renewal.

Jesse Moyer on the effort to re-evaluate the Carnegie Unit and how that bodes well for Competency Education.

Lillian Pace on the Achieve publication: Advancing Competency-Based Pathways to College and Career Readiness: A State Policy Framework for Graduation Requirements, Assessment and Accountability

Lillian Pace introducing the Federal Innovation Competitions: A Catalyst for Competency Education paper.

Jeanne Bernish explores the options Competency education can offer high ability students in Three Decades of Indifference.

Jesse Moyer on the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) policy symposium in Competency Education is in Good Hands.

Also, please visit:
Competency Works website and blog for resources, symposiums, publications and webinar announcements.

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) website and blog.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation website and blog.