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Policy Recommendations: Competency-Based Education (CBE)

Written by | June 25, 2014

Competency-Based Education (CBE) is a system of personalized learning where students master specific knowledge and skills at their own pace. Personalized learning is the tailoring of curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of individual learners. Personalized learning environments and methods can be very positive for students with learning and attention issues who make up about one in five of all students in our nation’s classrooms. Specifically:

  • One in 20 students in public schools are identified as having a specific learning disability, and
  • Data suggest that as many as another 15% of students struggle in school due to unidentified learning and attention issues.
  • Over 30 states are implementing or exploring CBE. However, there isn’t a lot of guidance on how to best meet the needs of students with learning and attention issues when implementing frameworks like CBE. While personalized learning systems like CBE can be extremely beneficial for all students, policymakers, school leaders and other educators must consider the unique needs of students with learning and attention issues when designing and implementing these systems.

    Download our policy recommendations for CBE here.

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