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Revolutionizing Education: The Rise of Competency-Based Assessment

In today’s rapidly evolving educational landscape, the traditional model of education, which relies heavily on time-based progression, is increasingly being challenged by innovative approaches like competency-based education (CBE). At the forefront of this educational revolution is competency-based assessment (CBA), a crucial component that not only validates the mastery of competencies but also serves as the cornerstone of personalized learning.

Learner Centered Education

At Centric Learning, our approach to personalized learning is foundationally built upon two core
components: Project-Based Learning & Competency-Based Assessment.

After teachers have provided constructive feedback to student work, students have the option to
resubmit new work to earn a higher strand level by demonstrating improved understanding and
skills. Competency-based assessment emphasizes continual improvement and mastery of the
subject matter.

What is Competency-Based Education?

Competency-Based Education (CBE) allows students to progress at their own pace by mastering
specific competencies tailored to their individual learning needs. This approach contrasts with
age-based grade advancements in conventional systems. CBA complements CBE by providing
targeted assessments that evaluate student learning based on these competencies. This method
focuses on skills and knowledge rather than attendance or participation. It provides a means for
students to achieve mastery before moving forward, using both formative assessments for
ongoing feedback and summative assessments to confirm proficiency.

Despite challenges such as the need for new curricula and additional teacher training, there is
potential for a quality educational experience for students and teachers alike. At Centric
Learning, our courses are designed for growth, and we offer many levels of support to fit a
variety of student needs.

Key Advantages of Competency-Based Assessment

At Centric Learning, we firmly believe in the power of competency-based assessment to drive meaningful educational outcomes. Unlike traditional assessment methods that focus on rote memorization and standardized testing, CBA places emphasis on mastery, ensuring that students progress only when they have demonstrated a deep understanding of the subject matter and acquired the necessary skills. This shift from a time-based approach to one centered around competency not only ensures that students are adequately prepared for future challenges but also fosters a deeper, more enduring understanding of the material.

Personalized Learning Paths

One of the key advantages of competency-based assessment is its ability to support personalized learning paths. By allowing students to advance at their own pace based on their individual competencies, rather than being confined by arbitrary timelines, CBA empowers students to take control of their own learning journey. This personalized approach not only accommodates diverse learning styles and abilities but also ensures that each student receives the support and resources they need to succeed.

Flexibility & Effectiveness

Moreover, competency-based assessment enhances the flexibility and effectiveness of competency-based education as a whole. By providing educators with valuable insights into each student’s strengths, weaknesses, and areas for growth, CBA enables them to tailor instruction to meet the unique needs of every learner. This targeted approach not only maximizes learning outcomes but also fosters a supportive and inclusive learning environment where every student feels valued and capable of achieving success.

Competency-Based Education Recognition

It is no wonder, then, that competency-based assessment is increasingly being recognized as integral to the broader goals of competency-based education. As the Aurora Institute states in its definition of CBE, it is “not one-size-fits-all,” but rather a “transformational system of equitable learning.” By prioritizing competency-based assessment, educators can effectively implement the principles of CBE and create learner-centered educational environments that empower all students to reach their full potential. See how CBA aligns with the recommended policy shift to transform assessment systems outlined in the Aurora Institute’s State Policy Priorities and Recommendations for 2024.

Centric Learning is proud to be at the forefront of this educational paradigm shift, and we are thrilled to announce our participation in the upcoming Aurora Institute Symposium this November. As we continue to champion the principles of competency-based education and assessment, we look forward to collaborating with educators, policymakers, and stakeholders to shape the future of education and ensure that every student has the opportunity to thrive.