Colorado Experiment to Move Beyond Grade Levels Taps Into Larger Ed Movement

By: Stephanie Paige Ogburn
Community Radio for Northern Colorado
September 9, 2014

A few years ago, a school district in Colorado did away with grade levels – instead of being a kindergartner, a third grader, or a sixth grader, students began to be defined by how much they knew.

Starting in the 2009-2010 school year, Adams County School District 50, a 21-school district serving 10,000 students in the Westminster area that had struggled academically, began implementing a system they called competency-based education. Students, regardless of their age or grade level, are now tested into levels in areas like math and literacy, and then learn at their own pace.

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