K-12 competency education measures mastery instead of seat time

Free webinar to explore K-12 competency learning and ESEA reauthorization


Despite its potential, K-12 competency education cannot reach scale unless policymakers address the barriers that make it challenging to build an education system centered on student mastery.

KnowledgeWorks, with panelists from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), will host a free webinar at 1 p.m. EST on March 10. The webinar, Measuring Mastery or Seat Time? Supporting Competency Education Through K-12 Federal Policy, will focus on the current federal policy landscape in relation to K-12 competency education.

“Over the last couple months, competency education has gained a seat at the congressional negotiating table,” said Lillian Pace, KnowledgeWorks Senior Director National Policy. “We want to take this opportunity to build greater awareness of the growing competency education movement and the need for federal flexibility to support states interested in this approach.”

What? “Measuring Mastery or Seat Time? Supporting Competency Education through K-12 Federal Policy”

When? March 10, 1 p.m. EST

Who?    Lillian Pace, KnowledgeWorks Senior Director National Policy
Maria Worthen, iNACOL Vice President for Federal and State Policy
Stephen Bowen, CCSSO Strategic Director

Competency education is a highly personalized learning model that gives students timely, customized support based on their individual learning needs. Assessment is meaningful, provides real-time feedback and helps create a positive learning experience for the student.

The most significant barriers for competency systems stem from federal laws that reinforce traditional time-based elements in federal accountability and assessment systems. By addressing these issues in current federal policy, such as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), states and school districts would have more flexibility in building competency-based models to benefit student success.

“As federal policymakers work to reauthorize the ESEA, they should strive to empower states and districts to build education systems that maximize student achievement and expand access to high-quality education for all students,” said Matt Williams, KnowledgeWorks Vice President Policy and Advocacy. “During this webinar, we will explore the progress policymakers are achieving and opportunities for further work to support personalized learning systems, such as competency education.”

Pace will moderate the webinar with panelists iNACOL Vice President for Federal and State Policy Maria Worthen and CCSSO Strategic Director for Innovation Stephen Bowen. The webinar is free and open to the public.

About KnowledgeWorks

KnowledgeWorks is a national nonprofit organization advancing a future of learning that ensures each student graduates ready for what’s next. For 20 years, we’ve been partnering with states, communities and leaders across the country to imagine, build and sustain vibrant learning communities. Through evidence-based practices and a commitment to equitable outcomes, we’re creating the future of learning, together.  www.knowledgeworks.org