Designing Competency-Based Articulation Agreements: A Framework for State Educational Agencies and Postsecondary Education Institutions

Under ESSA, states have greater flexibility on how to provide students a well-rounded education.  One strategy some states and districts are exploring is competency-based education, a flexible, student-centered approach to learning that allows students to demonstrate mastery at their own pace. The CCRS Center created an implementation guide for developing competency-based articulation agreements between secondary and postsecondary institutions. This interactive guide – a collection of PowerPoint slides, handouts, and a facilitator’s guide – outlines how to identify and convene a team of stakeholders who will set the vision and assess the readiness of the state to develop a competency-based articulation agreement.  

Expert staff at the CCRS Center are available to offer in-person or online work sessions based on this module. Regional comprehensive centers and state education agencies can develop and tailor the module’s information to specific audiences, districts, schools, and educators.

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