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Competency-based education bill clears committee

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  • Seek to understand Sandy, UT
    March 6, 2013 12:00 a.m.

    This bill is a vision of the future. We can't afford to force students into "seat time" for all of their credits. In a state that is so tight with funding, we need to be able to allow students to gain credits if they prove mastery in a subject, and not force them to take up a seat for a year in a class.

    Supt. Menlove's comment makes me chuckle - yes, the State Board sets the standards, but there is no accountability to them now, so why the fuss? The State Board and USOE has no requirement that students are at mastery before they give credits now. Students often fail the CRT but are given the Algebra credit, or the Science or Language Arts credit. So to act as if there is this great system where the state sets accountability and it means something is a joke.

    Schools can determine competency to the standards using their own criteria and measuring tools, and districts should be allowed to award credit if they deem a student competent using those measurements.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 8, 2013 3:30 p.m.

    Wow! 80% percent of New York graduates can't read---CBS News March 7,2013

    How can teachers be blamed when law makers make the strategies. Competency-based education?

    Let the teachers do their job, and quit trying to do it for them.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 8, 2013 3:37 p.m.

    How's that standardized tests working out?