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ERIC Number: ED561105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Competency-Based Education in Three Pilot Programs: What It Is, How It's Implemented, and How It's Working. Brief
Steele, Jennifer L.; Lewis, Matthew W.; Santibanez, Lucrecia; Faxon-Mills, Susannah; Rudnick, Mollie; Stecher, Brian M.; Hamilton, Laura S.
RAND Corporation
In 2011, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation extended grants to three educational organizations working to develop or enhance competency-based approaches in large, urbanized school systems. The grant initiative, called Project Mastery, funded the development of technology-enhanced tools, including curriculum materials and online learning management systems, as well as the implementation of these tools in secondary school classrooms. The Project Mastery grants were awarded to three organizations: Adams County District 50, the Asia Society, and the School District of Philadelphia. The Foundation asked RAND to evaluate these efforts in terms of implementation, students' experiences, and student performance. The evaluation team collected site-visit data during the two grant years--academic years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013--and analyzed data during the 2013-2014 year. This brief highlights the key findings from that evaluation. [For the full report, see ED561112.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Middle Schools; Junior High Schools; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: RAND Education
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