The Governor's Special Assistant for Education

Linda Fandel

What is competency-based education?

February 18, 2013

So what exactly is competency-based education?

The Asia Society’s February newsletter offers a thoughtful, quick
overview on the topic and suggestions for how to develop a vision for competency–based education,
including resources to tap.

Meanwhile, Iowa’s Competency-Based Education Task Force has
been meeting to study “competency-based instruction standards, the integration
of competency-based instruction with the Iowa Core, and will develop assessment
models and professional development.” The task force recently issued a preliminary

By Nov. 15, 2013, the task force is expected to submit its
plan, models, and recommendations to the governor, State Board of Education and
the Legislature.

And the Iowa House Education Committee last week passed an
amended version of the governor’s and lt. governor’s education reform bill, adding a competency-based instruction task force that would “develop a draft strategic
plan and proposed timeline for statewide implementation of competency-based
learning for consideration by the General Assembly.”

Read the Asia Society overview.

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