Competency-Based Learning: Definitions, Policies, and Factors Related to Implementation

This report reviews state legislation and education policies related to competency-based learning and graduation requirements in the seven northeast states in the REL Northeast and Islands Region.  The study addresses three research questions:

  1. How is competency-based learning defined in state and district policies in the REL Northeast & Islands Region?
  2. How is competency defined by the states and districts within the region? What are the requirements for demonstrating mastery of competencies that lead to credit toward graduation?
  3. What are the perceived barriers and facilitators for implementing competency-based learning in states and districts?

Source: Northeast College and Career Readiness Research Alliance

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