Personalized Learning

Competency-Based Learning

"Personalized learning is important because it holds the promise to create student agency, preparing all students for college, career and life. In these learning environments, students tailor their education based on their own interests and passions. Students co-design their learning plans, engage in meaningful learning experiences to accomplishing college- and career-ready goals, and take ownership of their education."
Book: A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades
Grades are artifacts of learning, and students need to receive grades that reflect what they've actually learned. This book advocates the implementation of grading systems based strictly on student achievement and shows educators how to create them.
Blog Post: Calibrating the Competency Conversation
"At the highest level, competency-based education is a philosophy about the terms on which students should progress. When you explain to people the concept of competency-based education and contrast it with the manner in which they learned in school, people are inclined to nod along in agreement. But if you haven’t already, you’ll find that the concepts of “advance,” “mastery,” and even “upon” are subject to debate."
Website: CompetencyWorks
CompetencyWorks is an online resource dedicated to providing information and knowledge about competency education in the K-12 education system.
Article: Going All In: How to Make Competency-Based Learning Work
Starting in 2005, New Hampshire was the first state to change its education policies to credit high school students — and soon elementary and middle school students, too — for progressing based on what they’ve mastered, not the number of hours they spend in school. Known as a competency-based system, the idea is to define the core skills and concepts students should master and only move them forward once they’ve achieved mastery of every competency rather than their “seat time.”
Website: Great Schools Partnership
The Great Schools Partnership provides a variety of services and technical assistance to districts, schools, organizations, and government agencies. "We understand that no single school-improvement model will be a perfect fit for every school, and that no two great schools need to look alike."
Book: Off the Clock: Moving Education From Time to Competency
The authors not only suggest that student achievement should be based on mastering competencies instead of “seat time,” they have implemented it in New Hampshire and this book tells you how. This text for educators, policymakers, parents, and community members provides a comprehensive approach to implementing a large-scale competency-based reform initiative.
Report: Making Mastery Work: A Close-Up View of Competency Education
By Nora Priest, Antonia Rudenstine, and Ephraim Weissteim; Commissioned by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation
By Chris Sturgis, Tom Vander Ark, Carrie Schneider, John Bailey
By Chris Sturgis, Competency Works
CompetencyWorks Issue Brief
Leadership in Action-A briefing series for New England's educational leaders
CompetencyWorks Issue Brief