Building Competency-Based Systems & CBE Assessments

Deeper Competency-Based Learning: Making Equitable, Student-Centered, Sustainable Shifts. Karin Hess, Rose Colby, & Dan Joseph (2020), Corwin.


Our 2020 CBE book features classroom-tested tools and strategies used now by multiple states for developing Competency-Based Systems, including: developing a profile of the graduate,  learning progressions and performance scales, performance task development and validation protocols, and verification of your CBE system (e.g., grading and assessment policies). A few are available now (below).

  1. Overview of Major CBE Shifts (Hess, Colby, & Joseph, 2020)

  2. Competency-Based Systems - CBE Tool# 1A-1E:  CBE Readiness Surveys

  3. Competency-based Systems - Updated CBE Tool #3: Self-Evaluation Rubric for Competency Statements

  4. Competency-Based Systems - Updated CBE Tool#4: Developing Competencies Across Grades (NOTE: Sample Competencies listed below used this tool during development)

  5. Competency-Based Systems - Updated CBE Tool#5: Analyzing a Competency (Example with development steps

  6. Competency-based Systems - Updated CBE Tool #6: Performance Scale Development - Coming soon...

(Downloadable) SAMPLE Competencies

  1. Sample K-8 ELA Competencies

  2. Sample K-8 Science Competencies with High School

  3. Sample (NH) K-8 Mathematics Competencies

  4. Sample (NH) High School Mathematics Competencies


Competency-Based Instruction, Assessment, & Grading - Food for Thought...

1. Presentation (PP) Overview: Proficiency-Based Instruction & Assessment

2. Overview:  Proficiency Based Instruction & Assessment - Presentation in Prezi Format

3. Blog post: Myths about Grading

4. NE Secondary School Consortium: What is proficiency-based grading?

5. Competency Works: Progress & Proficiency: Redesigning Grading for Competency-Based Systems 

6. Posted by Competency Works: What's the Difference Between Competency-Based Grading and Standards-Based Grading

7. Pathways to Proficiency: The Case for Evidence-Based Grading (excerpt)

8. Table: Comparing Differentiation-Individualization-Personalization 

Hess' ELA Learning Progressions Profiles (used to develop NH Model Competencies, Fully Aligned with Common Core)

Gr 9-12 ELA Profile

Gr 7-8 ELA Profile

Gr 5-6 ELA Profile

Gr 3-4 ELA Profile

Gr K-2 ELA profile


Competency-Based Systems: Related White Papers & Descriptions of "Soft" Skills

Achieve, Inc.  - Assessment to Support Competency-based Pathways

Apex Learning (poster) - CCR Skills defined

Ed Leadership/ASCD - Nine Competencies for Teaching Empathy

EPIC - sample progressions for essential skills and dispositions

iNACOL & CompetencyWorks -  Designing for Equity: Leveraging Competency-Based Education to Ensure All Students Succeed

iNACOL & CompetencyWorks - Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education

Great Schools Partnership - 10 Principles of Proficiency-Based Learning 

Nellie Mae Education Foundation - Competency-Based Education & Student-Centered Learning

Nellie Mae Education Foundation - Pacing Learning in Competency - Based Systems

RI Applied Learning - sample performance indicators

Vermont example - Problem Solving performance indicators

Karin Hess, Ed.D, is a recognized international leader in developing practical approaches for using cognitive rigor and learning progressions as the foundation for formative, interim, and performance assessments.



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