Nothing like a bunch of acronyms in a title of an educational post, right? Confusing to understand? So, too, is the idea that in this day and age, those who are transforming their schools and districts into a competency-based learning system cannot find a single learning management system (LMS) or student information system (SIS) that will work to support competency-based education (CBE). I have spent years as a member of the Iowa legislative task force on competency-based education and as a member of the state competency-based education collaborative looking for a program that will support the learning – and report the learning – in a CBE system.
It is disheartening to see Iowa’s three major SIS – Infinite Campus, PowerSchool, and JMC – unable to meet the needs of this growing interest – an interest that is growing both statewide and nationally. From a service perspective, it would be nice to see more effort in this area. From a business perspective, it is maddening to see a market not being addressed.
Currently, we are looking at hodge lodge systems – how to couple two or more systems together to meet our needs. This is inefficient and not fully effective. We need a system designed for CBE – now. Even now, many LMS and SIS are stifling the work of teachers and district trying to implement standards-based grading and reporting. I am well aware of the Herculean task it will be to develop a system that allows personalized learning and reporting, necessary in a CBE system.
I hope there is a system out there for K-12 districts. I have expanded my focus to higher education, too, in the hopes that a solution exists. If not, some company needs to get coding, because the need – and the market – is there.
If anyone knows of companies that will support competency education/learning, please let me know in the comments!