Equity in Competency Education

Realizing the Potential, Overcoming the Obstacles

Published in: Equity in Competency Education: Realizing the Potential, Overcoming the Obstacles, Students at the Center: Competency Education Research Series, (Boston, MA: Jobs for the Future, Nov. 2014), 26 p

Posted on RAND.org on November 01, 2014

by Matthew W. Lewis, Rick Eden, Chandra Garber, Mollie Rudnick, Lucrecia Santibanez, Tiffany Berglund

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Equity is both a central goal and fundamental value of competency education. Competency-based approaches are designed to promote equity by preventing students from falling behind or staying behind. In practice, however, poorly implemented competency-based programs could inadvertently increase inequity—in opportunities and in outcomes. Equity in Competency Education: Realizing the Potential, Overcoming the Obstacles—the second paper of Students at the Center's Competency Education Research Series—examines equity concerns in competency education through the lens of family income, exploring the effects and implications, as well as proposing potential mitigations.

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