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ERIC Number: ED566877
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Art and Science of Designing Competencies. CompetencyWorks Issue Brief
Sturgis, Chris
International Association for K-12 Online Learning
At the heart of competency education is the assumption that by maintaining a laser focus on learning, allowing time to be a variable, and powerful competencies to set the bar, an education system can be created that produces high achievement for students from all income levels and across all racial and ethnic communities. However, the transition from an education system relying on a time-based Carnegie unit to competency-based education is not a silver bullet--it must be implemented with attention to quality so that both students and educators are fully supported in the learning process. The purpose of this paper is to discuss how innovators in competency education develop competencies. Often this is referred to as a tuning process or reengineering process--mapping from what you want students to know and be able to do all the way backwards to the choices for curricular tasks and assessments. This paper provides insights into the orientation and processes that innovators use.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Nellie Mae Education Foundation; Donnell-Kay Foundation
Authoring Institution: International Association for K-12 Online Learning; CompetencyWorks; MetisNet
IES Cited: ED558117