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From the ECS State Policy Database
Competency-Based Education (K-12)


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This database is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States (ECS). Most entries are legislative, although rules/regulations and executive orders that make substantive changes are included. Every effort is made to collect the latest available version of policies; in some instances, recent changes might not be reflected. For expediency purposes minimal attention has been paid to style (capitalization, punctuation) and format.

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State Status/Date Level Summary
CASigned into law 06/2014P-12Independent Study
S.B. 858 - Independent Study
Primarily from bill summary: Existing provisions limit independent study written agreements to no more than 1 semester. New provisions extend independent study agreements to no more than 1 school year, and allow the signed written agreement to be maintained on...

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AKSigned into law 05/2014P-12Course Credit by Exam
H.B. 278
Section 2. Allows secondary school students to earn credit for core courses by passing a mastery exam.
http://www.legis.state.ak.us/PDF/28/Bills/HB0278G.PDF...

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UTSigned into law 04/2014P-12Parental Rights and Accountability in Public Education
S.B. 122
Defines "reasonably accommodate". Provides that the parent is primarily responsible for a student's education, and the state is in a secondary and supportive role to the parent. Provides that as such, the parent has a right to reasonable accommodations from th...

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IDSigned into law 03/2014P-12Mastery Advancement Scholarship
S.B. 1233
Clarifies which students may be eligible for the Mastery Advancement Scholarship, clarifies that professional certificates are eligible for advanced opportunity programs, establishes a program whereby $200 will be available for high school juniors and $400 for...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12Credit by Examination
H.B. 2694
Clarifies that provisions related to minimum attendance for class credit do not apply to students who earn credit by examination. Directs local boards of trustees to approve for each subject, to the extent available, at least four examinations that satisfy sta...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12Credit by Examination
S.B. 1365
Clarifies that provisions requiring a student to be in attendance for at least 90% of the days the class is offered to receive course credit do not apply to a student who receives credit by examination. Requires local board to approve for each subject, to the ...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12
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Texas Workforce Innovation Needs Program
H.B. 3662
Creates the Texas Workforce Innovation Needs Program. Provides the purposes of the program are to provide selected districts, and public and private or independent institutions of higher education, with the opportunity to establish innovative programs designed...

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IASigned into law 06/2013P-12Instructional Hours
H.F. 215 - Division IX
Effective July 2014, changes the instructional time requirement for school districts from to allow the count in either days or hours. Current law requires 5.5 hours minimum instruction time and 180 days beginning on or around September 1. The bill allows the y...

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IASigned into law 06/2013P-12Competency-Based Instruction Task Force
H.F. 215 - Division VIII
New section establishes a grant program for Competency-Based Education. Up to 10 school districts may receive awards annually to pilot projects on competency-based education. Grants are to be distributed no later than December 1, 2013. The Department is to sub...

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OKSigned into law 04/2013P-12Competencies
H.B. 1038
Relates to curriculum requirements for high school graduation, and expands college preparatory/work ready curriculum unit requirements to include sets of competencies. For instance, rather than three units or four units of science, it would be three units or s...

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UTSigned into law 04/2013P-12Competency-Based Education
H.B. 393
Directs the state board, before the 2014 legislative session, to make recommendations to the public education appropriations subcommittee on a course-level funding formula that distributes funds to districts and charter schools that establish competency-based ...

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COSigned into law 03/2013P-12District Academic Acceleration Policies
H.B. 1023
Defines academic acceleration as allowing a student to progress through an education program faster or at a younger age than the student's peers. Directs each local education provider to review its academic acceleration procedures, including but not limited to...

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IASigned into law 05/2012P-12Competency-Based Instruction
S.F. 2284 - Division I
Permits high school credit to be awarded to students that demonstrate competency in the subject areas required to be offered by accredited schools and allows students to receive credit on a performance basis through the administration of an assessment. Creates...

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LAAdopted 05/2012P-12Louisiana Seat Time Waiver
LAC 28:CXV.907 and 1103
Amends 907, "Secondary Class Times and Carnegie Credit," and 1103, "Compulsory Attendance" to accommodate the newly developed Louisiana Seat Time Waiver (LSTW). 907 permits districts to submit applications to the department of education for a waiver of the ...

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TNSigned into law 05/2012P-12Online Courses, Virtual Schools
H.B. 3062
Requires virtual schools to maintain teacher-pupil ratios set by the state board of education and to provide the same length of time for learning opportunities as required for other schools, but allow a student to move at the student's own pace. Provides stude...

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GASigned into law 05/2012P-12Demonstration of Subject Area Competency
H.B. 713 - Demonstration of Subject Area Competency
Section 5: Delays until 2013-14 school year deadline by which the state board, in consultation with the board of regents of the University System of Georgia and the state board of the Technical College System of Georgia, must adopt policies and guidelines for ...

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FLSigned into law 04/2012P-12Credit for Passing Score on EOC w/o Taking Course
H.B. 7059 - Credit for Passing Score on EOC w/o Taking Course
Permits students other than secondary students to participate in the Credit Acceleration Program (through which a student not enrolled in a course may earn credit via a passing score on a state end-of-course assessment). Provides district reporting requirement...

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MNSigned into law 04/2012P-12School Board Guidance - Individualized Learning
H.F. 2949
Provides that school boards may consider how to: (1) assist schools in adapting instruction to individual students needs/abilities and establishing goals and standards for individual students, (2) coordinate the pace of instruction with the needs/abilities of ...

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AZSigned into law 03/2012P-12Competency-Based Pathways
S.B. 1255
Directs the State Board of Education to adopt rules to define competency-based educational pathways for college and career readiness. Establishes competency-based college-ready educational pathways for students eligible for a high school diploma through their ...

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ORSigned into law 02/2012P-12Accelerated college credit programs
H.B. 4013
Introduces an "accelerated learning entity" to assist school districts and high schools in providing accelerated learning options or standardized testing related to accelerated learning options that lead to college credit. The Superintendent of Public Instruct...

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MEIssued 02/2012P-122012 Maine Executive Order 1
2012 ME EO 1
As part of the Maine Department of Education's plan to implement a student centered, proficiency based model for education, the governor has instructed the DOE to develop a strategic plan to adopt and implement the policies defined by the 10 Elements of High Q...

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