'Competency' Approach Challenges Colo. District
Faced with stagnating student achievement, the 10,500-student Adams 50 district in Westminster, Colo., launched an improvement initiative in 2008 that eliminated old notions of grade-level progression.
Instead of placing students in a grade based on their age and marching them through year by year, the district started what it then called a standards-based system , with students working on academic material that matched their developmental levels. They move on only when they can demonstrate mastery of a particular academic skill.
The approach the suburban Denver school district adopted corresponds with an educational philosophy that has received a flood of attention in recent years: a competency-based learning system that seeks to end traditional seat-time requirements and 180-day calendars, and move toward "anytime, anywhere" education that eliminates scheduling barriers and takes advantage of technological advances in providing instruction. ( "States Loosening Entrenched 'Seat Time' Requirements," ...
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