We knew once Robert Sommers became Secretary of Education that it wouldn’t be long until we started to see Oklahoma move towards competency education. Here are a few of the highlights of the proposed changes in administrative policy that are open for public comment until February 5th. Please note that Oklahoma – along with Maine, Colorado, and Oregon – uses the language of proficiency-based.
Allowance for Time-based or Competency-based Credits
Oklahoma is upgrading its graduation requirements specifically stating the expectations for academic skills rather than how many units.
Enabling Proficiency-based Promotion
There is specific language that allows students to be placed in courses and to advance based on proficiency-based assessments. It’s an interesting policy to lead with as it does allow students to “advance upon mastery” without having to “do their time” based on the Carnegie unit.
Read the entire article by Chris Sturgis on CompetencyWorks at http://www.competencyworks.org/2014/01/oklahoma-considering-proficiency-based-promotion/