[NHDOE-ETNews] ET News: New Report Shows Successful Models of Competency Education

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Tue Nov 13 15:44:22 EST 2012

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ITEM:   New Report Shows Successful Models of Competency Education


Contact: Jonathan Oglesby

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Danielle Shuckra

Nellie Mae Education

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Making Mastery Work: A Close-Up View of Competency Education' shares
practices from K-12 schools implementing personalized approaches to


 QUINCY, Mass. - Across the country, pioneering schools and school
districts are changing the way they design and organize their use of
time and curriculum in an effort to ensure each student moves forward
based on demonstrated mastery of content, not just the amount of time
spent learning. Making Mastery Work: A Close-Up View of Competency
Education, released today, highlights the work of eleven schools
participating in the Proficiency-Based Pathways Project (PBP). Led by
the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and developed to build broad
understanding of the implementation of mastery-based approaches to
teaching and learning, the PBP schools profiled in the report are
located in rural, suburban, and inner-city regions in New England.

"We were thrilled to work with forward-thinking schools that are
pioneering dynamic, new ways to meet students where they are," said Beth
M. Miller, Ph.D., Director of Research and Evaluation at the Nellie Mae
Education Foundation. "This report offers a unique lens into the
experiences of committed, thoughtful teachers and school leaders who are
equipping students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in
college and beyond."

As schools move towards a 21st century model of preparing students for
college and a career, it is becoming unnecessary to maintain a system
based on time spent in the classroom, according to the report's authors.
Rather, learning happens at different times in a variety of settings,
and progress should be demonstrated by mastery of content, not merely
grade promotion. In the proficiency-based systems examined in Making
Mastery Work, students advance at their own pace as part of a cycle of
continuous learning and achievement. This mix of freedom and
responsibility is positively impacting both the teaching and the
learning at the eleven schools studied by Nora Priest, Antonia
Rudenstine and Ephraim Weisstein, the report's authors.

Issues examined through the collected experiences of the participating
schools include: the creation of a transparent mastery and assessment
system, time flexibility, curriculum and instruction, leadership for
competency education development, and the role of data and information
technology in a competency-based education model.

"It's time to rethink the one-size-fits-all model of traditional
schooling and engage students in more personalized ways," said Nicholas
C. Donohue, President and CEO of The Nellie Mae Education Foundation.
"We are pleased to support the movement and momentum toward rigorous and
equitable opportunities for competency education, and shine a light on
groundbreaking strategies to help schools and districts provide
student-centered approaches to learning."

Making Mastery Work: A Close-Up View of Competency Education is
available for download at http://bit.ly/makingmasterywork
ac4ef87d36eaae75008> .

For more information about competency-based education, please visit 
412760b8030ca68aaad> .

About the Nellie Mae Education Foundation:

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation is the largest charitable
organization in New England that focuses exclusively on education. The
Foundation supports the promotion and integration of student-centered
approaches to learning at the middle and high school levels across New
England. To elevate student-centered approaches, the Foundation utilizes
a three-part strategy that focuses on: developing and enhancing models
of practice; reshaping education policies; and increasing public
understanding and demand for high quality educational experiences. The
Foundation's initiative areas are: District Level Systems Change; State
Level Systems Change; Research and Development; and Public
Understanding. Since 1998, the Foundation has distributed over $123
million in grants. For more information, visit www.nmefoundation.org
023c18871b49981bde7> .


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