Sent to the Sunshine State News, March 11.
Re:"Senate Green Lights Competency-Based Education Program"
Missing from the discussion of the Florida Senate bill supporting competency-based education (CBE) is the fact that there is no hard evidence supporting it. The following statement about CBE is from a National Governor's Association report, a document that aggressively promotes CBE: "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" (p. 6).
Competency-based education is very expensive and time-consuming, and will change education drastically. Application without evidence that it will help our children is unacceptable.