Competency Education and Assessment

Published: 1/16/2018 1:48 PM
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Competency education is a flexible method of teaching that enables students to progress as they demonstrate mastery of academic content, regardless of time, pace, or place of learning. Competency education is part of a system of personalized learning.

A competency-based system includes the following:
  • Students advance upon mastery.
  • Competencies include explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives that empower students.
  • Assessment is meaningful and a positive learning experience for students.
  • Students receive timely, differentiated support based on their individual learning needs.
  • Learning outcomes emphasize competencies that include application and creation of knowledge, along with the development of important skills and dispositions.
Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, Kentucky is embarking on a competency education and assessment pilot program. RFAs for the pilot program closed on January 12, 2018. Cohort 1 of the pilot program will begin work in spring 2018.

Where can I learn more about competency education?

David Cook
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
Division of Innovation and Partner Engagement
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4201
Fax (502) 564-8149