Looking Under The Hood Of Competency-Based Education

American Institutes for Research

Competency-based education (CBE), an instructional approach that emphasizes what students learn and master rather than how much time they spend in school, is gaining popularity nationwide. CBE environments provide students with personalized learning, autonomy, flexibility, and responsibility for their own learning, which is theorized to improved learning behaviors.

This study aimed to rigorously examine the relationship between CBE practices and changes in these learning capacities (such as the skills, behaviors, and dispositions that enhance student capacity to learn in school).

To best understand how CBE may be positively influencing the learning of students, we need to more closely examine the implementation of specific CBE practices.