In a personalized, competency-based learning system, the following principles influence the daily actions of the educational community:
The Utah State Board of Education is continuing the innovation for Personalized, Competency-Based Learning (PCBL) with the release of the Utah's PCBL Framework and continuation of the Competency-Based Education (CBE) Grants Program. PCBL 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 each student to demonstrate core knowledge and skills in personalized and differentiated ways and can also empower students to engage in opportunities for deeper learning. PCBL moves instruction beyond information dissemination to a focus on transferable skills necessary for success in the modern world.
The Utah's Personalized, Competency-Based Learning (PCBL) Framework seeks to create a bridge from the Utah State Board of Education’s Board Strategic Plan and Utah's Portrait of a Graduate to the work of educators and students in Utah’s classrooms as they work to achieve the learning outcomes as described in Utah’s Core Standards and the Utah Portrait of a Graduate Competencies.
To achieve this, the PCBL framework leverages six essential components necessary to create a personalized, competency based learning approach. The six essential components are:
When these elements are used in concert with one another they set the learning conditions to support schools and districts in achieving the ideals of PCBL. Furthermore, the PCBL Framework provides clear indicators and promising practices for educators and students needed to cultivate student learning including clear learning expectations and targets that allow students to know what they need to do to demonstrate mastery.
Personalized Learning Teacher Toolkit
Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education
The Core Four of Personalized Learning: The Elements You Need to Succeed
What Is Competency-Based Education? An Updated Definition
Meeting Students Where They Are
Utah’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports (UMTSS)
Utah State Board of Education
Building Coherent Grading and Reporting Systems in Competency-Based Education, Part 1
Building Coherent Grading and Reporting Systems in Competency-Based Education, Part 2
Building Coherent High School Grading and Reporting Systems in Competency-Based Education, Part 3
Will We Make the Future of Learning Equitable?
The Journey Toward Mastery Learning: The Steps and Stages to Mastery Credits and the Mastery Transcript
Mastery Transcript Consortium (MTC)
Choosing and Using Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Competency Assessments: What Schools and Districts Need to Know
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (ACSEL)
Maximizing Student Agency Implementing and Measuring Student-Centered Learning Practices
American Institutes for Research (AIR)
Part 1: What Do You Mean When You Say “Student Agency”?
Pathways, Pacing, and Agency Are Intertwined