What is competency-based learning (CBL)?


    1. Students are empowered daily to make important decisions about their learning experiences, how they will create and apply knowledge, and how they will demonstrate their learning.
    2. Assessment is a meaningful, positive, and empowering learning experience for students that yields timely, relevant, and actionable evidence.
    3. Students receive timely, differentiated support based on their individual learning needs.
    4. Students progress based on evidence of mastery, not seat time.
    5. Students learn actively using different pathways and varied pacing.
    6. Strategies to ensure equity for all students are embedded in the culture, structure, and pedagogy of schools and education systems.
    7. Rigorous, common expectations for learning (knowledge, skills, and dispositions) are explicit, transparent, measurable, and transferable.

    Modified from Aurora Institute


Learning Progression Scale

  • LPS.LPS.2

Reporting Dates

Reporting Dates

Liberty Learning Model

  • Liberty Learning Model

Curriculum Infomation

DESE Success-Ready Student Work Group

  • DESE Missouri Department of Education

    DESE is proud to have Missouri educators Mike Fulton, Matt Goodman, Pam Hedgpeth, and Jeremy Tucker leading this work. We’re also working with the Missouri School Boards Association on this important effort.

    Refer to the DESE Success-Ready Student Work Group website for all meeting notes and the most recent documents.

    5 Essential Questions:

    1. What is competency-based learning?
    2. What strategies, including professional development, are needed to support the implementation of competency-based learning?
    3. What are barriers to competency based learning that need to be addressed locally and statewide with policy and practice?
    4. How can the assessment system (including MAP) be redesigned to support student mastery of priority standards, ensuring high school, college, career, and workplace readiness and meet federal requirements?
    5. What is the framework and approval process for districts to voluntarily customize MSIP 6 requirements in order to implement CBL practices, including assessment evidence?


Admin & ILC Work Group

  • Admin & ILC Work Group

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      • All staff letter

Parent Work Group

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