Competencies NTPD

  • What is Competency Based Education?

    EPIC/Mandela LanguageCompetency-based education

    Student advances upon 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

  • What are Competencies?

    A measurable pattern of knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors, and other characteristics that an individual need to perform work roles or occupational functions successfully.” Competencies specify the “how” of performing job tasks, or what the person needs to do the job successfully (Shippmann et al., 2000). Competency vs. standard: “Competency implies much more than content and skills. By its very definition, competency requires that a student be able to transfer content and skill in a particular setting.” Pineda described the difference as “Standards are something you need at a point in time or that you will revisit. Competencies are the things that you carry with you as a learner. They look beyond graduation day.”

  • What are Attainments?

    Attainments are the specific information and skills that youth must master in order to eventually possess any given competency. Attainments are ordered from foundational information and skills to collegiate-level information and skills. Attainments are “pulled out” of the competencies and written in I can Statements which are not only student friendly but can be used by students to self and peer assess.


Are the “Skills” need in order to be successful. There are Academic and Social-Emotional Skills. Competencies are expressed as “larger” skills. Example of a Competency: READ ANALYTICALLY


Are the subskills pulled out of the competencies and written in I can statements.  I can analyze how a subject or scene is represented across different mediums. I can break an idea into its parts. I can determine a central idea from a source. I can interpret meaning based on context. I can obtain, evaluate, and communicate information.


Competency-based teaching and learning focuses on the teaching and assessing of skills. Unlike traditional knowledge based teaching and learning, competency-based education uses the content and knowledge from a given class to help students learn the skills they need to be successful, and then use authentic assessments to measure student’s mastery of those skills.

Competencies are the large skills that cut across subject areas and made up of sub-skills we identify as Attainments (the skills students are “attaining” in a particular class or grade. Attainments can also be broken down into a smaller group of subskills.

Competency-based teaching and learning (which can be described as “skills focused” teaching and learning works well (best) with project based learning. Central to Competency-based teaching and learning is the focus on assessing skills instead f just measuring the acquisition of information or knowledge. In a competency-based classroom students are given rigorous task to engage with. These task allows students to “practice”/ learn the specific skills, or set of skills, identified for a particular unit. Educators and students use student work to measures learning rather than time.