Looking Under the Hood of Competency-Based Education (Webinar)

On November 7, 2016, AIR held a webinar to present highlights from its Study of Competency-Based Education (CBE), which examined the relationship between CBE practices and students' learning disposition, skills, and behaviors.

The study, funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and conducted in partnership with the Council for Chief State School Officers' Innovation Lab Network, examined policies and practices in 18 high schools in three states and explored how students' CBE experiences were associated with positive changes in learning capacity. The findings from this study reveal both the promise and limitations of CBE, showing that competency-based practices may benefit kids, but that not all self-identified "CBE schools" consistently implement core CBE features.

This webinar featured highlights from AIR's study, including the core components of CBE and how they might benefit students. AIR staff was joined by two state-level study partners, Paul Leather, deputy commissioner for the New Hampshire Department of Education, and Ryan Krohn, director of the Institute for Personalized Learning in Wisconsin. Our partners shared their reflections on the study's findings and implications for their CBE work.

This webinar was presented by the following study team members:

  • Wendy Surr, Senior Researcher
  • Kristina Zeiser, Senior Researcher
  • Catherine Bitter, Senior Research Consultant
  • Lauren Clymer, Research Associate 
Event Information
Kristina Zeiser
Principal Researcher