Competency-based Education News Release

June 6, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Sarah Young, Digital Teaching & Learning Coordinator
801-538-7808 ∙

Seven Charter Schools, Six Districts Join Competency-based Education Pilot Program

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah State Board of Education announced that the following Utah school districts and charter schools have been accepted in the state’s competency-based learning pilot program:

·       American Leadership Academy

·       Cache County School District

·       City Academy

·       Davis School District

·       Edith Bowen Lab School

·       Iron County School District

·       Juab School District

·       Logan City School District

·       Mountainville Academy

·       Park City School District

·       Rockwell Charter High School

·       South Summit School District

·       Spectrum Academy

The charters and districts accepted in the program, authorized in 2016 by the Utah Legislature, will help develop a framework for competency-based education in Utah in order to move to a pilot implementation phase in the 2018-19 school year. Competency-based education focuses on measurable student education outcomes based on skill mastery rather than seat-time in a classroom. Core principles in the program include:

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

Schools and districts in the pilot program will regularly update the Utah State Board of Education on their work.

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1 comment to Competency-based Education News Release

  • Jill Locke

    So what your saying is that kids will not advance to the next grade until they master the skills requested in that grade? It is about time. Making all students, ell and Sped exempt, accountable for mastery is a wonderful idea. Parents, students, teachers and legislature all accountable? Sounds like a great idea.
    I suspect, this will require a lot more unpaid time and preparation on the teachers part, legislation blaming teachers for not meeting unrealistic expectations, parents crying that they are not able to help with homework, if there is any, anymore, and students will be so stressed that we will watch teen pregnancy and suicide skyrocket.
    In an utopian society students will learn faster, parents will be thrilled and helpful, legislators will let teachers teach, and teachers will have finances and support needed to stay in teaching. Only time will tell.