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ERIC Number: ED538970
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr-11
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Building Competency-Based Pathways: Successes and Challenges from Leaders in the Field. A Forum
American Youth Policy Forum
This forum provided an overview of competency-based pathways to education and described programs that have successfully utilized these pathways to move all students to success in high school and beyond. Speakers highlighted how innovative learning environments that base student advancement upon mastery of measurable learning objectives have been effective for different types of students in both traditional and alternative education settings. Lindsay Unified School District in California began its move to competency-based education four years ago and beginning this Fall will have a competency-based approach in place for grades K-11 where students progress based upon mastery of identified "measurement topics" rather than by grade level. Through system-wide reform, Lindsay Unified has redefined its curriculum, and has implemented a comprehensive assessment system as well as a new grading system. Diploma Plus enrolls over 3,400 students at 29 alternative high schools across the country and serves a population of over-age, under-credited students and other youth off-track for high school graduation. Using a competency-based approach to bring students to graduation, Diploma Plus students are placed into and promoted through three phases where they learn content and skills at an appropriate level, regardless of their age or previous credit accumulation. Panelists addressed key considerations for building the capacity to provide competency-based pathways to high school graduation, and made recommendations for how state and federal policies can enable the necessary conditions for implementing these pathways.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Youth Policy Forum
Identifiers - Location: California