From the States
- North Carolina: North Carolina New Schools is making the case for competency-based learning in North Carolina, as Angela Quick, Senior VP, explains in her blog. A convening of thought leaders was held in December to operate as a “think tank” to identify enablers, barriers, and readiness factors regarding North Carolina’s transition toward competency education. Mooresville Graded School District is now offering credit by demonstrated mastery (CDM) to middle and high school students. In 2013, the NC State Board of Education changed policy to enable mastery-based credits. (The Journal)
- Michigan: Mary Esselman, former deputy chancellor at the Education Achievement Authority in Michigan, announced her resignation in January. She championed Michigan’s turnaround district by reshaping teaching and curriculum around student-centered, technology-focused models.
- Matt Williams, in his blog post, noted that the ESEA discussion draft allows for considerable stakeholder input, making room for competency education. Lillian Pace explains in her blog that competency education finally has a place at Congress’s negotiating table.
- iNACOL applauded the Senate HELP Committee’s decision to prioritize ESEA reauthorization. They published a statement of support, and they worked with KnowledgeWorks to jointly release specific recommendations to support the growth of competency education in the K-12 system.
- For more detailed information, visit Maria Worthen’s blog, titled Supporting Competency Education in ESEA Reauthorization.
- This article, Test Case: Lawmakers Look to Revamp No Child Left Behind, describes the struggle among senators to balance the need for accountability against the burden of testing.
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