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In July 2016, Public Act 099-0674PDF Document was signed into law.  Section 20 of the act created the Competency-Based, High School Graduation Requirements Pilot Program.

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 Request for Application

As part of the Request for Application (RFA) process, districts select the year and course graduation requirement it wishes to replace with a competency-based learning system. If a district has a student population of fewer than 500,000, all of its high schools may participate in the pilot program. Districts with more than 500,000 students may only select six schools to participate in the project.​​​

The pilot project has two phases. The first phase is the RFA and the selection process. The second phase is the full development and implementation of a detailed plan for a competency-based learning system for high school graduation requirements.

Questions concerning the pilot program should be directed to competencypilot@isbe.net​.​

FY 2018 - Round 2
FY 2018 - Round 1
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 Growing Leaders in Educational Innovation

Growing Leaders in Educational Innovation:
Competency-Based Tools you can use

June 26, 2018, 8:00-4:00 p.m.
Capital Area Career Center (CACC), 2201 Toronto Road, Springfield, IL 62712

Target Audience: Illinois districts interested in learning about competency-based education.

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Event Highlights:

  • Keynote Speakers: Tony Smith, State Superintendent, Illinois State Board of Education; and Mark Kostin, Associate Director, Great Schools Partnership.
  • Presenters: Andrea Stewart and Jen Sigrist, Directors of The Center for Collaboratively Building Iowa’s Learner-Centered Future; Mark Kostin, Associate Director of The Great Schools Partnership.
  • CBE Pilot Site Panel presentation
  • Orientation to the CBE Pilot application process
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