Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Education via online modules?

Sent to the Tampa Bay Times, Jan. 13, 2016
Enthusiasm for competency-based education ("No waiting: Bill would let Florida students progress faster through grades,") is premature," January 12).

Competency-based education (CBE) is a radical and expensive innovation that replaces regular instruction with online "modules" that students work through on their own. It is being pushed by computer companies without consulting educators and without a proper research base. A recent report from the National Governor's Association, a report enthusiastic about CBE, includes this statement: "Although an emerging research base suggests that CBE is a promising model, it includes only a few rigorous evaluations and analyses of current and ongoing CBE pilots and similar programs."

In other words, we have no hard evidence showing that competency-based education "lets students progress faster" or that it even lets students make satisfactory progress.
Stephen Krashen
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