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ERIC Number: ED561280
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
An International Study in Competency Education: Postcards from Abroad. CompetencyWorks Issue Brief
Bristow, Sara Frank; Patrick, Susan
International Association for K-12 Online Learning
"An International Study in Competency Education: Postcards from Abroad" seeks to highlight components of competency education in international practice, to inform US policymakers and decision makers seeking to implement high-quality competency pathways at the state or local level. Other countries are studying our innovations, and we are studying theirs. This report first reviews the definition of competency-based learning. A brief lesson in the international vocabulary of competency education is followed by a review of global trends that complement our own efforts to improve performance and increase equitable outcomes. Next, we share an overview of competency education against a backdrop of global education trends (as seen in the international PISA exams), before embarking on an abbreviated world tour. We pause in Finland, British Columbia (Canada), New Zealand and Scotland, with interludes in Sweden, England, Singapore and Shanghai, all of which have embraced practices that can inform the further development of competency education in the United States.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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
Identifiers - Location: Canada; China (Shanghai); Finland; New Zealand; Singapore; Sweden; United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Scotland); United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment