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Traditional Education Versus Competency-Based Education

What is the difference between traditional learning environments and competency-based education? Differences can be seen in six core areas:

  • School culture
  • Learning...
Embracing the Opportunity: Recommendations for Scaling Personalized Learning Under a New Presidential Administration

States and school districts across the country, in partnership with colleges, employers and community organizations, are taking bold steps to provide all students with access to a personalized...

Recommendations for Advancing Personalized Learning Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The December 2015 enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) marks an important turning point in federal education policy. After fifteen years of a strong federal presence under the No...

New Opportunities to Advance Personalized Learning in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

With the new Every Student Success Act (ESSA), all eyes are searching the federal K-12 education law for opportunities to advance education reform. While there are good and concerning provisions...

The Education Playbook

During a presidential election year, there couldn't be a better time to talk about and imagine a new vision for learning in the U.S. But in the first eight debates, more than 175,000 words were...

A State Policy Framework for Scaling Personalized Learning

This policy framework guides states and districts in working together to create flexibility to support scaling personalized learning.

Building off the previously released,...

Building Consensus and Momentum: A Policy and Political Landscape for K-12 Competency Education

A growing number of states and districts have embraced competency education, a new approach to teaching and learning that has the potential to solve the nation’s workforce challenges. Competency...

2015 ESEA Recommendations

KnowledgeWorks encourages federal policymakers to reauthorize ESEA during the 114th Congress to help states and districts better align their education systems with the demands of...

2015 ESEA Competency Recommendations

Competency education provides a framework for learning with the goal of mastery of academic standards through personalized learning and differentiated supports for every student. Federal...

Laying the Foundation for Competency Education: A Policy Guide for the Next Generation Educator Workforce

Growing numbers of states and districts are embracing competency education, focusing on student mastery of critical competencies instead of seat-time requirements that communicate little about...

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