Competency-based Learning

Overview

"Competency-based Education (CBE)" means a system where a student advances to higher levels of learning when the student demonstrates competency of concepts and skills regardless of time, place, or pace.

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) is continuing the innovation for competency-based learning with the release of the competency-based learning framework. This framework builds on the Utah State Legislature's Competency-based Learning Amendment (Title 53F-5-5: Competency-based Education Grants Program) that was passed in the 2016 General Legislative Session. This bill calls for the establishment of a Competency-Based Education Grants Program consisting of grants to improve educational outcomes in public schools by advancing student mastery of concepts and skills through the following core principles: 

  • student advancement upon mastery of a concept or skill; 
  • competencies that include explicit, measurable, and transferable learning objectives that empower a student;
  • assessment that is meaningful and provides a positive learning experience for a student;
  • timely, differentiated support based on a student's individual learning needs; and 
  • learning outcomes that emphasize competencies that include application and creation of knowledge along with the development of important skills and dispositions. 

Exploratory Grant Program

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) partnered with national experts and Local Education Agency (LEA) leaders to explore competency-based learning during the 2017-2018 school year. The exploration included a state workshop to build a foundation of knowledge, as well as site visits to national competency-based learning implementation sites. The visits yielded the Utah Competency-based Framework and set the foundation for the grant program. 

Overview

Competency-based Learning
GoogleDoc

Resources

ExcelinEd:

KnowledgeWorks:

YouTube:

Workshop

GoogleDoc:

Education Elements:

Grant Technical Support

Education Elements:

ExcelinEd:

KnowledgeWorks:

Planning Grant Program

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) is releasing a competitive planning grant for Fiscal Year 2020 to support local education agencies in their planning for Competency-Based education. The planning grant will begin funding on July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020. The application and details of state technical supports are included below. 

Fiscal Year 2020 Competency-based Learning Planning Grant Application
Google Docs

If you are unable to download a copy of the application from Google Docs you may complete the application below:

Competency-based Education Planning Grant Application Overview:

Competency-based Education Framework

Competency-based Education Framework Utah

"Competency-based Education (CBE)" means a system where a student advances to higher levels of learning when the student demonstrates competency of concepts and skills regardless of time, place, or pace.

Competency education moves the focus of the classroom from teaching to learning based on fixed and well-defined targets for all students. It provides equitable access for all students to demonstrate core knowledge and skill in personalized and differentiated ways and can also empower students to engage in opportunities for deeper learning. With the advances in education technology, the tools are available to personalize learning based on student interest, academic needs, and career goals. Competency education moves beyond information dissemination to a focus on transferable skills necessary for success in the modern world. 

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) is continuing the innovation for competency-based learning with the release of the competency-based learning framework. This framework builds on the Competency-based Learning Amendment that was passed in the 2016 General Legislative Session. 

Title 53F-5-5: Competency-Based Education Grants Program
Utah State Legislature
Effective January 24, 2018

Resources

Learning Framework
LEAP Innovations

Utah Effective Teaching and Effective Leadership Standards
USBE Educator Effectiveness

Contact

Sarah Young
Coordinator
Phone: (801) 538-7959 | E-mail