Moving to Mastery: A National Policy Forum on Competency-Based Education

  • 01 Mar 2013
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Capitol Hill, Room TBA

American Youth Policy Forum
Invites you to our upcoming Lunchtime Forum and Discussion

Moving to Mastery: A National Policy Forum on Competency-Based Education

This National Policy Forum on K-12 competency-based education, co-sponsored by CompetencyWorks and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, will highlight important research, policy trends, and issues for advancing competency-based education. The forum will showcase experts from leading state and district efforts to transform K-12 student learning using competency-based education and will discuss federal policy issues and recommendations for the United States.

Leading countries internationally have built education systems based on a competency-based education approach, not seat-time as we do in the United States. Now, innovative states and school districts around the country are beginning to challenge the time-based educational system that has been in place for decades by moving to a competency-based education approach of their own. Thirty-six states have policies providing flexibility for competency-based education.

Competency-based education requires rethinking the time-based system of accountability and assessment in favor of robust student-centered approaches.  It provides loads of data on students meeting competencies in real-time to improve accountability, new systems of assessments, and is centered on improving student learning outcomes. This approach allows for stronger personalization and student-centered learning, including ensuring all students succeed in building college and career readiness, consistent with recently adopted Common Core standards; taking advantage of the extraordinary technological advances in online learning; allowing students to learn at their own pace, any time and everywhere; and providing greater flexibility for students that might not otherwise graduate from high school. 


Betsy Brand, AYPF Executive Director, moderator
Susan Patrick, President and CEO, International Association of K-12 Online Learning
Chris Sturgis, President, MetisNet
Paul Leather, Deputy Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Education
Virgel Hammonds, Superintendent, RSU 2 School District, Maine

DATE:  Friday, March 1, 2013
TIME:  12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION:  Capitol Hill, Room TBA

RSVP:  Please Register Here

Box lunches are provided on a first-come, first-served basis, to those registered.

Support for this National Policy Forum was provided in part by a grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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