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ERIC Number: ED557750
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 80
Abstractor: ERIC
Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders. CompetencyWorks Issue Brief
Sturgis, Chris
International Association for K-12 Online Learning
Competency education, an educator-led reform, is taking root in schools and districts across the country. In some states, state leadership has cleared the path with policies to advance competency education. This paper seeks to map out the terrain of the district implementation strategies being used to convert traditional systems into personalized, competency-based ones. Although not a detailed guide, the hope is that the discussion offered here will prepare you to begin the transformational process. Four stages of implementation are proposed in this paper: (1) Ramping Up for Transformation; (2) Designing the Infrastructure for Learning; (3) Transitioning to a Competency- Based System; and (4) Embracing Continuous Improvement and Innovation. Schools and their district offices work in partnership during this transformation, which means implementation issues at both levels will be discussed. The findings in this paper are based on interviews and site visits conducted over the past five years as well as the knowledge shared by leaders in the field at CompetencyWorks.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Carnegie Corporation of New York; Nellie Mae Education Foundation; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: International Association for K-12 Online Learning; CompetencyWorks