40 Outstanding Resources on Competency-Based Education: A Sneak Peek

40 Outstanding Resources on Competency-Based Education: A Sneak Peek

As we delve deep into the realms of enhancing effective Competency-Based Education (CBE) systems within schools, districts, networks, and impact-driven organizations, we’re excited to unveil a comprehensive publication in July. This upcoming release will encapsulate our meticulous research and insightful analysis. However, in the interim, we’ve curated a preliminary selection of exemplary resources spanning various domains.

The compilation of resources below encapsulates profound and thought-stimulating insights, serving as invaluable aids in comprehending the essence of competency-based education, refining communication strategies surrounding it, and strategically planning for its integration.

While this list isn’t an exhaustive compendium, it represents a cross-section of resources that experts we’ve interviewed and/or credible sources encountered during our research have deemed exemplary. We warmly welcome your input in the comments section, inviting you to recommend other invaluable resources that have contributed to the advancement of competency-based education.


6 Strategies to Navigate System Constraints in Competency-Based Education, CompetencyWorks, iNACOL

7 Things You Should Know About Competency-Based Education, EDUCAUSE Review

Accountability for College and Career Readiness: Developing a New Paradigm, Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, National Center for Innovation in Education at the University of Kentucky

A New Model of Student Assessment for the 21st Century, American Youth Policy Forum

An Introduction to the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education, CompetencyWorks, iNACOL

Competency Education: A Reflection on the Field and Future Directions, CompetencyWorks, iNACOL

Creating Systems of Assessment for Deeper Learning, Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, Educational Policy Improvement Center

Designing for Equity: Leveraging Competency-Based Education to Ensure All Students Succeed, CompetencyWorks, iNACOL

Dispelling the Myths: Frequently Asked Questions About Competency-Based Education, KnowledgeWorks

Fit for Purpose: Taking the Long View on Systems Change and Policy to Support Competency Education, CompetencyWorks, iNACOL

Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders, CompetencyWorks, iNACOL

In Search of Efficacy: Defining the Elements of Quality in a Competency-Based Education System, CompetencyWorks, iNACOL

In Pursuit of Equality: A Framework for Equity Strategies in Personalized, Competency-Based Education, CompetencyWorks, iNACOL

Levers and Logic Models: A Framework to Guide Research and Design of High-Quality Competency-Based Education Systems, CompetencyWorks, iNACOL

Meeting Students Where They Are, CompetencyWorks, iNACOL, reDesign

The Past and the Promise: Today’s Competency Education Movement, Jobs For the Future/Students at the Center

Policy, Pilots, and the Path to Competency-Based Education: A National Landscape, Foundation for Excellence in Education, EducationCounsel

Progress and Proficiency: Redesigning Grading for Competency Education, CompetencyWorks, iNACOL

Quality and Equity by Design: Charting the Course for the Next Phase of Competency-Based Education, CompetencyWorks, iNACOL

Reaching the Tipping Point: Insights on Advancing Competency Education in New England, CompetencyWorks, iNACOL

The Shift from Cohorts to Competency, Getting Smart, Digital Learning Now, Foundation for Excellence in Education, CompetencyWorks

The Role of Assessment in a Learning Culture, Educational Researcher

What Is Competency Education?, CompetencyWorks, iNACOL


Getting Smart Podcast | District 51 On Building a Performance-Based Education System, Getting Smart

Shift your Paradigm  Episode 018, Lindsay Unified School District , Shift Your Paradigm

Shift your Paradigm  Episode 019, MC2 Charter School, Shift Your Paradigm

Other Resources:

Center for Curriculum Redesign

Delivering on the Promise: The Education Revolution, Richard A. DeLorenzo, Rick M. Schreiber, Wendy Battino, Barbara Gaddy Cario

Education Elements CBE Toolkit, Education Elements + Digital Promise

A Framework for Interactivity in Competency-Based Courses, EDUCAUSE Review

How Blockchain Will Transform Credentialing (and Education), Getting Smart

How to Grade for Learning: Linking Grades to Standards, Ken B. O’Connor

The Journal of Competency-Based Education, Western Governors University and John Wiley & Sons

On Your Mark Challenging the Conventions of Grading and Reporting – a book for K-12 assessment policies and practices, Thomas R. Guskey

Proficiency-Based Learning Tools, Great Schools Partnership

Students at the Center Hub, Managed by Jobs for the Future

Talking with Families About Transcripts and Grading in a Personalized, Competency-Based Environment, Knowledgworks

What is Competency Education? (Webinar and Slides), Charleston County School District, CompetencyWorks, iNACOL, KnowledgeWorks, reDesign

What the Learning Sciences Tell Us About Competency Education (blog post), Bror Saxberg

What other resources would you add? As mentioned, please feel free to contribute to the lists by adding a comment below.


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