• State Ed Commissioner Endorses Competency Based Education


    The words from the new Commissioner of Education sounded very familiar to Westminster Public Schools students and educators who have been using a Competency Based System (CBS) for the past seven years.

    Richard Crandall is a true believer.

    Crandall, who began his work as Commissioner of Education in January, delivered a presentation to the Conference on blended and online learning last month in which he outlined his support for competency based education. It’s based on the concept of personalized learning where students only advance to the next education challenge when they have shown mastery, or competency, of their current learning level.

    In 2009, Westminster Public Schools became the largest school district in the country to embrace CBS at every education level. The concept is catching on across the country.

    In his remarks, Crandall presented what he called “I Believe” statements about competency based education:

    • Students advance upon mastery

    • Competencies include explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives that empower students.

    • Assessment is meaningful and a positive learning experience for students.

    • Students receive timely, differentiated support based on their individual learning needs.

    • Learning outcomes emphasize competencies that include application and creation of knowledge along with the development of important skills and dispositions.

    Within six months, the commissioner says he will have a strategic plan in place to support innovative programs.

    Posted March 8, 2016