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ERIC Number: ED570497
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Expanding Student Success: A Primer on Competency-Based Education from Kindergarten through Higher Education. NGA Paper
Laine, Richard; Cohen, Marjorie; Nielson, Kate; Palmer, Iris
NGA Center for Best Practices
The education system of the United States is not adequately preparing a large proportion of its students for college, career-training, and, ultimately, jobs that provide enough income to support a middle class standard of living. Because the education system has failed to attain hoped-for outcomes, some states are investigating new systems, including competency-based education (CBE). A model based on CBE starts by assessing what a student knows and then allows that student to advance at a pace that reflects his or her knowledge and skills. In the process, CBE encourages student success by providing targeted learning support, thereby creating a more personalized educational experience. Once in higher education or job training, CBE allows older students (traditional-age college students or adult learners) to learn on their own time at their own pace. As competency-based pilot projects are developed in kindergarten to high school classrooms and schools (K-12) and higher education institutions, policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels are discussing options about how to support and expand CBE in both K-12 and higher education, as well as strengthen the bridge between the two systems. CBE has the potential to improve the education system of the United States by allowing more students to receive the support they need when they need it to learn effectively and master the desired content and skills, and governors are in a position to bring these efforts together and explore the transition from an education system that holds time constant and varies what students learn to a CBE system that varies time but holds content mastery constant. The promise of such a system is that it can adjust the methods of instruction and assistance to provide deeper, more personalized learning and help ensure that all students meet or exceed the high expectations of rigorous and relevant standards.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; Lumina Foundation; Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Governors Association, Center for Best Practices
Identifiers - Location: Maine; New Hampshire; Washington; Kentucky; Montana; Texas; Utah; Maryland; Oregon; Wisconsin; Arizona
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A