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Competency-Based Education Is Working In the News

March 19, 2015

The crucial question is how to make sure that the common core achieves its main goal of improving student learning. New Hampshire may well be the state that has the best chance of doing that. It has established a competency-based education system, or CBE, which translates the new standards into actual skills. Students will take the Smarter Balanced test—one of the two main common-core assessments—but the results will be for gathering helpful data only. They will not count toward student promotion or graduation.A 2013 study by the Alliance for Excellent Education of two New Hampshire high schools found significant declines in the dropout rate, school failures, and disciplinary problems, and increases in student engagement and learning.

Additional Resources on Competency-Based Education Article

May 06, 2013

Released on January 22, 2013 by the Alliance for Excellent Education, Strengthening High School Teaching and Learning in New Hampshire’s Competency-Based System, profiles two high schools in New Hampshire that moved away from “seat time” toward a competency-based system.

New Hampshire schools roll out competency-based learning model In the News

January 23, 2013

New Hampshire schools have retired a century old education standard, replacing it with a new performance-based learning model ... During a webinar moderated by President of the Alliance for Excellent Education and Former Governor of West Virginia Bob Wise, panelists including Deputy Commissioner Paul Leather from the New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE), Principal Brian Stack from Sanborn Regional High School, and Erica Stofanak from Spaulding High School discussed the findings of a new report issued by the Alliance titled "Strengthening High School Teaching and Learning in New Hampshire's Competency-Based System."

Strengthening High School Teaching and Learning in New Hampshire’s Competency-Based System Webinar/Event

January 22, 2013

The Alliance for Excellent Education held a webinar to examine New Hampshire’s high school redesign, which included the introduction of competency-based learning as a means to determine student progress. Ultimately, teachers and school leaders claim responsibility for the close-in work of engineering personalized learning experiences that enable students to demonstrate mastery of rigorous content knowledge and higher-order skills.

Advancing Global Competency: Assessing Student Learning of Twenty-First-Century Skills Webinar/Event

November 05, 2013

The Alliance for Excellent Education and Asia Society cohosted webinar on measuring twenty-first-century skills—the central focus of a RAND report presented at the October 2013 meeting of the Global Cities Education Network in Singapore. The Asia Society organized the Global Cities Education Network, which works to identify internationally informed practices in urban school systems in North America and Asia to transform learning and achieve equity.

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