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In 2011, 100 educators from around the country came together for a convening and one of the artifacts was a working definition. It is this definition that became the inspiration for the Learning What Matters Competency Framework.

  • Students advance upon demonstrated mastery.

  • Competencies include explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives that empower students.

  • Assessment is meaningful and a positive learning experience for students.

  • Students receive timely, differentiated support based on their individual learning needs.

  • Learning outcomes emphasize competencies that include application and creation of knowledge, along with the development of important skills and dispositions.

In 2018, the Aurora Institute published their 16 Quality Principles for Competency-based Education. Accompanied with the five-part definition, this became Building 21’s north star for the LWM Competency Framework.

In 2019, the Aurora Institute published a revised definition for CBE.