In an ideal world, students would advance or tarry based on their fluency with the material. Kids who mastered the material quickly would leap ahead. Struggling peers would stay a bit longer.
But such individualized attention is not easy in education systems wedded to 180-day school years, 8-to-3 daily schedules and once-a-year administration of proficiency exams.
States are experimenting with highly personalized high school learning programs and schedules that increase engagement and lead to improved graduation rates.
I am sharing a statement from the Alliance for Excellent Education on New Hampshire’s competency-based learning approach, which is getting a lot of attention: The alliance is holding a webinar today at 2 p.m. on New Hampshire’s program. Click here for info on it.)
For a century, most students have advanced from grade to grade based on the number of days they spend in class, but in New Hampshire, schools have moved