This report discusses the benefits of competency education in the context of digital technology that increases personalization and customization, enabling the management of individual learning progression in a data-driven environment. The report outlines 10 capabilities of a competency-based system including flexibility in time and resources, measuring learning gains, and setting college- and career-ready expectations; and 10 design choices that inform the necessary changes in areas such as school structure, grading, and student support. The report recommends moving away from cohort and time-based promotion to a system of advancement based on mastery. Policy recommendations to achieve this goal include re-thinking graduation requirements, grading and assessment, and school operations flexibility to move.
The Shift from Cohorts to Competency
Foundation for Excellence in Education