Does Competency-Based Education Make the Grade?
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 means....how 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: