Navigating Policy for Personalized, Competency-Based Education


Guide • March 2021 • By Lars Esdal

Covid-19 exacerbated and brought attention to inequities long present in public education. Facing inconsistent access to learning over distance, students will leave this period with months of what’s been called “lost learning.”

Short of repeating a full year, addressing these gaps presents a grave challenge for traditionally structured schools. Competency-based education (CBE)—an approach where learning is oriented around students mastering clearly articulated learning outcomes (i.e. competencies) rather than passing time in seats—is one alternate approach particularly suited to this era.

This guide is intended for teachers and administrators who are implementing CBE programs and want help navigating laws, regulations, and reporting requirements as they do so.