Seattle Public Schools, in fact all Washington state school districts, are working, more like blindly groping, towards awarding credit based on competency. We already have a policy for this, and the credit policy is due for revision over the summer and fall to allow students at Cleveland to earn full credit for less than 150 hours of planned instruction. If they don't update the policy in time, then Cleveland will have to be an Alternative Learning Experience school and the state will only pay 85% of the usual funding.
I think that the District should be more ambitious and should re-write their credit policy so that all of our ALEs will be able to award regular credits and get more funding.
Either way, competency based credit is coming and I think we should all learn a little something about how that works. Here is an article about it. 10 Elements Towards Eliminating the Batch-Print System by Tom Vander Ark was originally published on CompetencyWorks.
Please, let's not get worked up about the author and his associations. Instead, let's just read the article for its content. It's just an introduction to the idea. This is coming and it is good that it is coming. We should know about it.