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Equity in Competency Education: Realizing the Potential, Overcoming the Obstacles

By Matthew W. Lewis, Rick Eden, Chandra Garber, Mollie Rudnick, Lucrecia Santibañez, and Tiffany Tsai; RAND Education and Jobs for the Future

Students at the Center: Competency Education Research Series

Equity is both a central goal and fundamental value of competency education. Competency-based approaches are designed to promote equity by preventing students from falling behind or staying behind. In practice, however, poorly implemented competency-based programs could inadvertently increase inequity—in opportunities and in outcomes. Equity in Competency Education: Realizing the Potential, Overcoming the Obstacles—the second paper of Students at the Center's Competency Education Research Series—examines equity concerns in competency education through the lens of family income, exploring the effects and implications, as well as proposing potential mitigations.