Kankakee, IL… State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) is pleased to share Kankakee School District is one of just 10 statewide school districts selected to participate in the first cohort of Illinois’ Competency-Based High School Graduation Requirements Pilot Program. The legislation which created the pilot program, the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act, was enacted in to law last year with the goal of spurring innovation in the way high schools prepare students for meaningful careers.
“The Kankakee School District submitted a strong application and has already taken admirable steps towards implementing some of the policies in the program,” Rep. Parkhurst said. “This program will give them the flexibility they need to craft a curriculum for student success beyond the classroom. This is a tremendous win for the school, and of course, the students in our community.”
In competency-based learning, educators assess and advance students based on demonstrated mastery of specific skills, abilities, and knowledge, rather than on time in the classroom. Competency-based learning allows for a potentially more relevant and personalized learning experience for students, in addition to deeper integration of technology and better utilization of teacher talent.
Each school district chosen to participate in the pilot will create their own a competency-based learning system. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) launched the pilot program and will guide Kankakee and the other pilot program districts through the planning and implementation process.