Does Competency-Based Education Make the Grade?

Nov 17, 2017

A decade ago, the state board of education required local districts to adopt this approach, and since then, districts have been making the switch.  We'll find out what competency-based education really it's working at the classroom level....and whether it's living up to promises made. 


  • John Freeman - Superintendent of the Pittsfield School District (SAU#51).  Pittsfield  Middle High School  has been working with CBE since 2011, The Elementary School came online this year.
  • James Mills - Social Studies teacher at Hanover High School. He has taught history and social studies at the middle, high school, and college levels in public and private schools for 25 years. 
  • Brian Stack - principal at Sanborn Regional High School, which adopted CBE in 2011.  Stack is 2017 Principal of the Year.  He is also the co-author of the book "Breaking with Tradition" about competency-based learning, which was just published in Oct. 2017
  • Charles Swift -  He teaches physics and engineering at Souhegan High School in Amherst. He's been a teacher for 18 years, including 10 years in Concord.  

 Watch this video about the Pittsfield Middle High School and its transition to competency-based education: 

This video recounts how Sanborn Regional High School adopted competency-based education: