Necessary for Success: Building Mastery of World-Class Skills – A State Policymakers Guide to Competency Education

Susan Patrick and Chris Sturgis

As students continue to drop off the “conveyor belt” of today’s factory-like school system, state policymakers are exploring student-centered alternatives to seat-time progression.

This issue brief describes competency-based systems and reforms in districts and schools from Maine to Florida, and makes suggestions for education leaders around changing policy, fostering progressive public discourse, and supporting teachers.

At the root of this work is a clear focus on ensuring that students have the opportunity to learn and develop the skills they need to succeed in life after graduation—whether that skill acquisition happens in the classroom or in the community.