The purpose of this paper is to explore and reflect on the ideas that state policy needs to address in the long term to support a transformation to competency-based education systems designed to ensure equity so all students can be truly ready for success. We explore threshold concepts (“core concepts, that once understood, are needed to transform a given subject”) of certifying learning; assessment literacy; pedagogical innovations based on learning sciences; and meeting kids where they are, as part of a long game strategy.
This draft paper was prepared in advance of the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education and will be revised based on attendees’ input. CompetencyWorks is hosting the Summit in Denver, Colorado on June 21-23, 2017. The Summit is invitation-only and will convene 100 leading innovators to move the field of competency-based education through the next generation of ideas and actionable outcomes, with a specific focus on equity and diversity. The Summit will tackle 6 issues: equity, policy, quality, meeting kids where they are, identifying emerging issues and revising the working definition of competency education.
Review the other draft Summit papers that explore key issues:
- An Introduction to the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education
- In Pursuit of Equality: A Framework for Equity Strategies in Personalized, Competency-Based Education
- Meeting Students Where They Are
- In Search of Efficacy: Defining the Elements of Quality in a Competency-Based Education System