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:

Competency-based Education (CBE) Background Reads

CBE Site Visit Observation and Team Reflection Form

School Selection: Preparing for School Visits

Utah CBE School Site Visits Cheat Sheet

Utah CBE Site Visit Notes

Education Elements:

Grant Technical Support

Education Elements:

ExcelinEd:

KnowledgeWorks:

Planning Grant Program

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) will be releasing a planning grant opportunity in late Fall 2018. Please visit our website in December 2018 for more information about that opportunity. 

Utah Indicators to Measure Competency-based Learning Program Quality

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