Investigating Student Exposure to Competency-based Education

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Using data from 600 students in grades 9-12 and confirmatory factor analytic techniques, this report, published in Education Policy Analysis Archives, shows initial reliability and validity results from the pilot administration of a survey designed to capture student exposure to elements that have been described as essential to a competency-based, student-centered model for learning and instruction. These elements include mastery-based progression, personalization, flexible assessment, and the development of specific skills and dispositions. Results suggest that the survey offers a way to reliably measure and study variation in the implementation of competency-based education. Importantly, the survey provides a way to capture implementation from the student perspective, leveraging the fact that student reports about their classroom experiences may be a particularly reliable source of information about instructional practice. 



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32 pp.
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