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Competency-Based Learning or Personalized Learning

Competency-Based Learning or Personalized Learning
Transitioning away from seat time, in favor of a structure that creates flexibility, allows students to progress as they demonstrate mastery of academic content, regardless of time, place, or pace of learning. Competency-based strategies provide flexibility in the way that credit can be earned or awarded, and provide students with personalized learning opportunities. These strategies include online and blended learning, dual enrollment and early college high schools, project-based and community-based learning, and credit recovery, among others. This type of learning leads to better student engagement because the content is relevant to each student and tailored to their unique needs. It also leads to better student outcomes because the pace of learning is customized to each student. By enabling students to master skills at their own pace, competency-based learning systems help to save both time and money. State efforts District efforts Alternative/credit recovery schools and programs

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BASIS Charter Schools (BSI Inc.) The following is an example of 5 – 12th grade curriculum for a fully built out BASIS middle / high school. Please note that curriculum may slightly differ at each BASIS campus. To view BASIS Course Sequence, please click here. Saxon curriculum5th grade begins with 7/6 or 8/7 (Pre-algebra)11th grade may finish with Calculus BCPost-AP or Capstone in 12th grade 5th grade Physical GeographyIntroduction to Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) Competency-Based Education One in five people in this country right now – over 43 million – have some college credit but no degree. They stopped attending college for many reasons, but they didn’t stop learning. They have probably had job training, or even significant life experience, that resulted in intense levels of learning.

The Shocking Truth About Competency Based Education I’ve been a fan of the idea of Competency Based Education since I first heard of it. It seemed like such a positive development and a step ahead in the evolution of higher education here in the US and abroad. But I figured it would be quite a while (as in years, possibly quite a few years) before the country’s regional accreditors would become comfortable with assessing and approving CBE programs. Honors Biology Class Handouts - Mr. M.N. Baker Chapter 7 Cell Structure and Function Chapter 10: Cell Growth and Division Chapter 11: Introduction to Genetics Chapter 12: DNA and RNA Chapter 13: Genetic Engineering

New science and math school fills Silicon Valley demand for better STEM Education - Peninsula Press In the heart of San Jose, just off Highway 280, stands a sleek black office building previously owned by IBM. Except for the yellow buses out front, there are no visible signs this building houses a private school instead of a tech company. The exterior of BASIS Silicon Valley — a prior IBM building. (Isha Salian/Peninsula Press)

Competency-based education arrives at three major public institutions Competency-based education is going upmarket. Three brand-name, Big Ten-affiliated institutions are now offering degrees in this emerging form of higher education. Yet the new programs at the University of Michigan, Purdue University and the University of Wisconsin System are not aimed at the vast numbers of undergraduates who come to those campuses for the traditional college experience. They are narrow in scope, experimental and not all that sexy. Competency-based Education Programs Institutions interested in ensuring that competency-based education programs are eligible for Title IV are required to obtain approval from their regional accreditor and may also need to file an application for approval with the U.S. Department of Education. Institutions should check with their local U.S. Department of Education representative to determine whether the competency-based programs under review by HLC will also require approval by the U.S.

11 Ways Finland’s Education System Shows Us that “Less is More”. When I left my 7th grade math classroom for my Fulbright research assignment in Finland I thought I would come back from this experience with more inspiring, engaging, innovative lessons. I expected to have great new ideas on how to teach my mathematics curriculum and I would revamp my lessons so that I could include more curriculum, more math and get students to think more, talk more and do more math. This drive to do more and More and MORE is a state of existence for most teachers in the US….it is engrained in us from day one.

Educate to Innovate: Factors That Influence Innovation: Based on Input from Innovators and Stakeholders Overview Authors Arden Bement, Jr.; Debasish (Deba) Dutta; Lalit Patil; National Academy of Engineering; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Description Robust innovation in the United States is key to a strong and competitive industry and workforce. The Real Revolution in Online Education Isn’t MOOCs Data is confirming what we already know: recruiting is an imprecise activity, and degrees don’t communicate much about a candidate’s potential and fit. Employers need to know what a student knows and can do. Something is clearly wrong when only 11% of business leaders — compared to 96% of chief academic officers — believe that graduates have the requisite skills for the workforce. It’s therefore unlikely that business leaders are following closely what’s going on in higher education.

Accreditors' role in the expansion of competency-based education WASHINGTON -- A surge in new competency-based degree programs has created challenges for the accreditors tasked with approving them. They must seek to ensure academic quality without quashing promising ideas, while also dealing with sluggish and sometimes confusing guidance from the federal government. That was the message from top officials of three regional accrediting agencies, who spoke to a group the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) brought together here. Competency-based education needs quality control to really take off, said Barbara Gellman-Danley, who became president of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools two months ago. That’s because the entrance of “bad actors” -- low-quality programs that look like diploma mills -- could trigger a backlash.

10 Tools to Help Students Keep Track of Tasks This Year This is the time of year when many of us make resolutions. If one of your students' resolutions is to do a better job of keeping track of tasks and assignments, have them take a look at one of the following options. If your school is using Google Apps for Education or your students have personal Gmail accounts, they already have some great tools at their disposal. In Gmail students can simply select "tasks" under the "Mail" drop-down menu in Gmail. Successful K-12 STEM Education: Identifying Effective Approaches in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Overview Authors Description Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are cultural achievements that reflect our humanity, power our economy, and constitute fundamental aspects of our lives as citizens, consumers, parents, and members of the workforce. Providing all students with access to quality education in the STEM disciplines is important to our nation's competitiveness.