Competency Based Education

Competency based education was included in both the House and Senate education reform bills, so it seems likely to survive the conference committee process.

Matt Townsley, Director of Instruction and Technology for the Solon Community School District, has a good explanation of the differences between standards-based grading and competency-based education here and a post on how competency-based education might work to allow students to move through course work either faster or at a deeper level here.

For those wondering what a competency-based education system might look like, (or standards-based grading, for that matter) consider visiting a Montessori school.  Montessori schools have long offered an education experience that allows a child to move through the curriculum at an individualized pace.