The personal learning network for educators
Taking kids from where they are is essential to true educational reform. I implemented a school utilizing competency based back in 1995 and also wrote two books about it.( http://www.WholeChildReform.com) It is complex because a ton of dominoes will fall once implementation has begun. Kids move through the system of education by demonstrating proficieny or competency in a deterined area rather than by passing a grade level. Thus grade levels become mute, letter grades are worthless and children no longer have to be in the same place at the same time like the stepford kids.
No child passes with a D-, however, no child is pushed so far behind in an antiquated failure system that they drop out. The next competency is within reach at all times. Standards then become guidelines for success rather than deadlines for failure.
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