Incorporating Competency-Based Learning

Competency-based learning has become increasingly popular in higher learning and K-12 environments. This model requires students to demonstrate mastery of a subject rather than relying on hours spent to determine readiness to advance. This method demands more from educators in terms of time and planning, but benefits students of all types. High achievers are able to move ahead when ready and struggling students are given the time needed to fully grasp concepts before progressing. In order to prevent teacher burnout, administrators should ensure that curriculum clearly identifies standards and their relevant competencies in order to place them strategically throughout the curriculum with an appropriate level of focus.

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By: Alexandria Alo
Project Manager