Monday, April 20, 2015

Competency-based Systems: Meeting the Needs of Today’s Learners

We want to thank everyone for the great conversations in our #plearnchat about Competency-based Systems. This is Trend #2 in the 10 Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015

Competency-based pathways (sometimes referred to as "proficiency-based" or "performance-based") are a re-engineering of our education system around learning where failure is no longer an option. Learners may move at their own pace, reading at one level and working on a math digital badge at another level. 

Competency education is rooted in the notion that education is about mastering a set of skills and knowledge, not just moving through a curriculum. Currently, 42 states have adopted policies that give schools different ways to award credit to learners including waivers from time-based requirements. You will see in 2015 and beyond, schools will be held accountable to demonstrate how their learners progress in a competency-based system where time is variable. The conversations in #plearnchat focused around the big question: 

Is our traditional system of learning meeting our
kids needs and relevant for today's learners?

The format we used was the Q1, A1 format. 

We would like to congratulate Jill Thomas who won our book, Make Learning Personal.

Jill is the Personalized Learning Program Manager at Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, NC. She serves as the President and CEO of Edulum, an education consulting company and co-hosts #21stedchat.  
Jill is also an ASCD emerging leader whose background includes teaching fifth grade, was a facilitator/coach and an Instructional Technology Specialist.  
Make sure you follow Jill on Twitter: @Edu_Thompson
Check out her website:
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A few resources we shared:

Archive of #plearnchat of Competency-Based Systems on April 20, 2015