What is a "competency?"
Competencies are the essential skills of college, career, and civic readiness.  Specifically, competencies are the skills and knowledge that students must develop - and be able to successfully apply in multiple ways and contexts - in order to graduate from high school ready for college (without remediation) or an entry-level job.  In our model, each subject area has a unique set of competencies that students develop continuously throughout K-12.

What is the relationship between competencies and learning standards?
In practical terms, a competency is a grouping of related standards.  As illustrated above, "HIS.1" is a grouping of three learning standards. A competency gives context to learning standards because competencies describe the "big picture" outcome, while standards describe the specific knowledge and skill sets that students are expected to develop.  Another important distinction is that in a competency-based approach, the learner is required to not only build knowledge and skills (e.g. standards), but also to apply knowledge and skills to solve complex problems and to complete authentic, challenging tasks that have meaning beyond school and that prepare young people for the world (e.g. competencies). 

Where do these competencies come from?
The competencies attached below were designed and developed as a collaborative project of the Office of New School Models, School District of Philadelphia and Building 21, a nonprofit organization.  All competencies are directly based from nationally validated standard sets, listed below:

The conceptual framework for the competency education model has drawn much inspiration and learning from the work of Great Schools Partnership on proficiency-based learning pathways, as well as Stanford's Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE), and The Reading and Writing Project.

How can I access these competencies?
The latest version of all competency sets are available here: Learning What Matters Framework: Competency Sets and Continua >>
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Oct 19, 2014, 7:50 AM