Competency Education and Assessment

Published: 4/16/2018 4:00 PM

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.​

Kentucky is embarking on a Competency Education and Assessment (CEA) pilot program. RFAs for the pilot program closed on January 12, 2018. Shelby County and Trigg County public schools were officially accepted into the pilot program. Teams from both districts began work in the spring of 2018, with the intent to launch the CEA program during the 2018-2019 school year. More news about the pilot will be forthcoming during the summer and fall of 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
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