To all of the competency education visionaries working in state governments, districts, and classrooms around the country, last week was an important week for you. After years of running up against federal time-based policy barriers, the Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Lamar Alexander (R–TN), released a discussion draft for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that put your work front and center.
Competency education finally has a place at the negotiating table of Congress.
Senator Alexander’s discussion draft proposes two policy changes that would advance the K-12 competency education movement.
The draft proposes two assessment options:
- Maintain the current law by requiring statewide testing annually in grades 3 through 8 and once in high school.
- Establish a state-defined option where states could develop an assessment system that may include any combination of annual statewide summative assessments, grade span assessments, and competency-based performance assessments. (more…)