Competency-Based Education

The Education Commission of the States is out with a new policy snapshot that explores competency-based education and provides an overview of current and previous legislation related to this approach.

The main goal of competency-based education serves to award credit/degrees to students for meeting specific skill competencies agreed upon by faculty, industry leaders and workforce representatives. This innovative delivery model could create greater access to postsecondary education for returning adults, low-income students and working adults needing additional skills.

At least seven competency-based education bills were introduced in 2017 with two bills enacted and five still pending. The snapshot provides a summary of 2016 and 2017 legislative activities, as well as legislation, board policies and programs from previous years.

For the policy snapshot, please see: