Competency-based education is an approach to teaching and learning that allows students to demonstrate mastery of concrete skills more often than abstract learning. It differs from traditional approaches to education by allowing instruction to be individualized and flexible to meet student needs and learning styles. Students are allowed voice and choice in determining how their mastery is demonstrated according to a predetermined proficiency scale; and with routine progress monitoring students progress through skills at their own pace with teacher facilitation along the way.
What does mastery mean? How do students know they know?
The YCCS Proficiency Scale, standards, and aligned performance indicators speak specifically to how well the student has learned a skill. The goal of each student is to demonstrate mastery at the competent level. What competent “looks like” for each skill is provided as a performance indicator for the cross-cutting (CCC), cross-curricular (CCR), and content areas.