Making Competency-based Assessment Work: Macro-maneuvers

A robust competency-based assessment model is difficult to design, difficult to implement, and can be difficult to explain to parents and community members. As evidenced by the many conference presentations about competency-based assessment with titles that begin with "Lessons Learned," it seems like others feel the same way. In this post I describe the macro-maneuvers we employed to ensure we could engineer a complete, multi-year model. Read on to discover why "removal" became one of our favorite activities, and weigh in whether you believe teachers are ready for a functioning system--not a supervisor--to hold them accountable.