Laying the Foundation for Competency Education: A Policy Guide for the Next Generation Educator Workforce


A highly trained and engaged educator workforce will be the single most important driver of a successful competency education system.A growing numbers of states and districts are embracing competency-based education, focusing on student mastery of critical competencies instead of seat-time requirements that communicate little about the quality of learning. This approach provides students with highly personalized learning pathways to ensure mastery of the academic knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in college and careers.

While competency-based education continues to spread to schools across the country, the current system is not structured to provide educators with the preparation and training required to excel in these new environments. Our nation’s educator preparation and development systems must keep pace, aligning to create a profession that benefits from the same level of personalization that defines competency-based schools.

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