Here at C.B. Community Schools, we believe that students need to learn the skills and knowledge to be successful and independent in the their lives. The core element of a competency-based curriculum and approach to teaching and learning is that students’ progress to more advanced work as they demonstrate mastery of the content.
Students do not progress based on age, or time in a seat. In a competency-based curriculum, a course is organized into measurable learning objectives (competencies and benchmarks) that are shared with students. I
n this framework, students can and do take responsibility for their learning, thereby increasing their engagement and motivation. In a competency-based model, formative and summative assessments are directly aligned with learning objectives and students receive immediate feedback after the assessment occurs. This encourages students to return to difficult concepts and skills until they achieve mastery.
A high-quality competency-based approach requires students to apply skills and knowledge to new situations to demonstrate mastery and to create knowledge. Competency-based education is transparent. In our model, students know what they need to learn and how they will get there. For our students who have been traumatized, knowing where they are going and being able to see and record their own mastery of benchmarks and attainment of competencies allows them to actually trust the process and feel in control of their own lives and their environment.