Category Archives: Non-districted chartered schools

Competency-Based Education: Lessons from New Hampshire

Thursday, 15 June May, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Sponsors: Education Evolving and the Bush Foundation

  • Objectives for learning were defined in terms of “competencies” involving 21st-century skills like problem solving and creativity, over rote knowledge?
  • Assessments were continuously integrated into students’ learning experiences, giving educators useful data to inform learning.
  • Students progressed at their own individualized pace as they mastered content and skills, rather than being moved along—ready or not—based on their age.

States, districts, and schools working to individualize learning for all students are taking these ideas from imagination to reality nationwide through a strategy known as “competency-based education.”

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Where Did Charter Schools Come From?

From: Education Next, by By and

Next month marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the enactment of America’s first charter school law, which Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson signed on June 4, 1991. This statute birthed a sector that has become not just a source of new schools for kids who need them, but also a structural reform of public education’s governance and delivery systems. It’s as close as K–12 schooling has come to what Clayton Christensen calls “disruptive innovation.” Continue reading