Readings and More
We recommend choosing at least two readings that look engaging and relevant and skimming the others. We have provided annotations when necessary and indicated if we’re aware that a particular organization or writer is involved in promoting competency-based education.
- Great Schools Partnership. 2014. “Competency-Based Learning.” The Glossary of Education Reform, May 14. This glossary entry on competency-based education also includes discussion of the debate around it. These tools are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.
- iNACOL. 2016. “What Is Competency Education?” New Learning Models, March 11. This article provides the organization’s definition of what CBE is, how it improves personalized education for the student, and how it challenges fundamental elements of the traditional education model. iNACOL is pro-CBE.
- iNACOL (the International Association for K-12 Online Learning). May 2018. “A Snapshot of K-12 Competency Education State Policy Across the United States.” This graphic aims to track how states are enabling policies for competency-based education. iNACOL is pro-CBE.
- Kamanetz. Anya. 2018. “The Future of Learning? Well, It’s Personal.” All Things Considered, November 16. NPR. The concept of personalized learning is related to CBE. This article considers how different meanings associated with the term can lead to confusion.
- Pace, Lillian. 2017. “Traditional Education Versus Competency-Based Education.” KnowledgeWorks, June 5. This infographic provides a visual description that highlights some key differences between traditional learning environments and those found in a competency-based education environment. KnowledgeWorks is pro-CBE.
- Vander Ark, Tom. 2018. “Show What You Know: The Shift To Competency.” Forbes, May 21. The author is the CEO of Getting Smart and he is pro-CBE. Here he places CBE practices in a wider context and shares ten elements the he views as essential.
Wan, Tony. 2017. “Why There’s Little Consistency in Defining Competency-Based Education.” EdSurge, May 22.