Competency-based education bill receives House approval

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 9, 2013 5:12 p.m.

    @Redshirt1701--great comment!

    How did that cooperative learning pan out?

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    March 8, 2013 11:42 a.m.

    I can already see the abuses that will surface in about 2 to 5 years. We will end up with the competency tests being made easier so that kids can receive more Highschool credits, and boost our graduation rates. We will have more HS graduates that can't do basic math, write, or read.

    Rather than testing competency and giving credit for that, how about we work on an education system that raises the education standards and figures out how to get the kids to meet a higher standard.

  • freedomforthepeople Sandy, UT
    March 8, 2013 12:10 a.m.

    Thank you Representative Hughes! If the public understood what was really happening in competency based education, they would be supportive of your bill!

    School districts at this point are NOT allowed to give credits based upon competency - not "really". It is in the law, but the interpretation of state board rule makes it VERY difficult for schools to actually let a student earn the credit without the seat time.

    I am disappointed this is turning into a talk about money. It really is not related to money. Our hope is that when a school enrolls a student, and gets the funding for that student, then it doesn't matter how many credits the student is able to earn that year - the school still gets just the regular funding - but they may award more credits than they provide seat time for if the student earns them.

    For example, the Computer Tech required course for graduation: there are 2 competency tests that the USOE has "approved". They cost $85 and low income students can't take them if they don't have the money. Districts should be able to develop their own competency measuring assessments that they can give students for free.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 7, 2013 3:43 p.m.

    How about teacher, and textbook-based education.

    House-based strategies come from back seat drivers, and they should keep quiet.