Competency-Based Learning Has Precedence

The notion of competency-based learning is nothing new. It has been adopted by several online colleges, charter schools, districts and for-profit educators. As a measure of how mainstream the concept is, even some states have implemented competency-based learning standards for their high school students.

In 2010, Michigan passed seat-time waiver legislation, allowing districts that would like to allow students to pursue online education an alternative to the usual requisite class time. New Hampshire has also redesigned their state curriculum for a greater emphasis on competency. Ohio allows for a greater flexibility in demonstrating competency, including learning based on community service, independent study, travel, internships, and online learning.

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