In addition to Iowa, two other states are releasing reports regarding how their states can move forward (I’ll add the links as soon as I can):
Awarding Credit to Support Student Learning: A Report to the Governor recommends how Pennsylvania can develop credit flexibility. It outlines parameters and principles of a credit flexibility policy to be managed at the local level. There are some interesting building blocks in Pennsylvania including Keystone exams that are required end-of course exams in high school. Competency education doesn’t require end-of-course exams but it is certainly one way to maintain quality control. In addition, the Pennsylvania Department of Education is researching an alternative flex-credit program for CTE.
The Kentucky Department of Education is releasing Competency-based Education: Helping All Kentucky Students Succeed. Kentucky, part of the Innovation Lab Network supported by the Council of Chief State School Officers, convened more than 150 multi-sector participants. The report explores why competency education is valuable, highlights districts and schools moving in the direction towards competency-based models, and responds to all those frequently asked questions (a great resources for any other state or district preparing materials).