Equity in Competency Education: Realizing the Potential, Overcoming the Obstacles

RAND Education and Jobs for the Future

Competency-based education is designed to promote equity by preventing students from falling behind. In practice, however, poorly implemented competency-based programs could inadvertently increase inequity – in opportunities and outcomes. This paper examines equity concerns in competency education through the lens of family income.



Equity is both a central goal and fundamental value of competency education.