New Approach to Education
Competency-based education – sometimes called mastery-based or performance-based – flips the traditional school structure on its head. While specific approaches differ, the philosophy behind it is that each student progresses through academic content at his or her individual pace.
Instead of seat time, attendance and credit hours being fixed, with actual learning being variable, competency-based education allows time, pace and place to be variable, with learning fixed. This way students can go at a speed that works them and ensures that students obtain competency in a subject, not simply a letter grade. Watch this video to learn more about the change in philosophy.
This program stems from SB 143, legislation passed in 2016 that authorizes a pilot program for competency-based education in Utah. For more information on competency-based education, read our blog.